Christmas comes to the Highlands

23 November, 2021Posted in: Community, Events
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Illustrated poster with waratah Christmas tree

Wingecarribee Shire Council is gearing up to ring in the festive season with an expanded program of Shire-wide merriments.

Council’s General Manager, Ms Lisa Miscamble, unveiled the Shire’s promotional campaign for Christmas.

“The campaign artwork features the iconic waratah and encourages people to have a merry and magical Highlands Christmas.”

Starting next week three Community Christmas Trees will be rolled out across Bowral, Moss Vale and Mittagong.

“Christmas trees have long been one of the key symbols of the holiday season and we hope ours will help spread the festive cheer throughout the Shire and remind everyone of the true spirit of Christmas,” said Ms Miscamble.

“It’ll also make sure the reindeer can spot the Southern Highlands from high above on Christmas Eve regardless of the weather.”

The first tree lighting ceremony will be held from 4.30 pm on Tuesday 7 December in Bowral’s Corbett Plaza. Celebrations will feature live entertainment and children’s activities.

Similar events will be held outside Council’s Moss Vale Civic Centre on Thursday 9 December and at the Mittagong Welcome Centre on Friday 10 December.

“There’s even a rumour that the jolly man himself might stop in to make a very special guest appearance,” added Ms Miscamble. “You won’t want to miss it!”

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Council is also proud to support the Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Festival of Lights.

Throughout December, Christmas lighting displays and events will feature throughout the Shire. A series of twilight shopping evenings have also been arranged. For more information, visit

In support of twilight trading initiatives, Council has endorsed a Shire-wide extension of trading hours and fast-tracked outdoor dining applications for cafes and restaurants.

“It has been a tough year for our residents and businesses so we’re doing everything we can so that everyone can experience the joy of Christmas,” said Ms Miscamble.

Community Christmas Trees from previous years have been installed in Berrima, Bundanoon and Robertson. Council has provided over $20,000 to village associations for community-led Christmas festivities such as visits from Santa, carollers and lighting displays. Check with local village associations for details.

The Council-run events and all activities are free of charge.

For more information phone Wingecarribee Shire Council on 4868 0888.