Christmas spectacle set to light up lakes

Mount Gambier’s Lakes precinct will be transformed into a Christmas spectacular for the next five nights as the NF McDonnell and Sons Santa’s Boulevard comes to town.

The drive through Christmas display will be held around Haig Drive in the Valley Lakes, as an alternative to the city’s traditional annual main street Christmas Parade.

Council’s events team, the Mount Gambier Christmas Parade Advisory Group and many volunteers have been planning the COVID safe drive by static Christmas spectacle which will include 14 revamped Christmas floats, lights, decorations and Christmas music over five nights from tonight to Monday between 7pm and 10pm.

Floats will include Christmas in Toy Town, Pirates ‘R’ Us, Bill the Steam Shovel, Hansel & Gretel, The Christmas Tree, T’was the night before Christmas, Humpty Dumpty, the Christmas Stocking and Father Christmas. Many of the floats have been repainted and freshened up in preparation for the event.

The Christmas event is ticketed this year to enable traffic control and to ensure that wait times are reduced.

Council’s community events team leader Xarnia Keding said the ticket allocation was going well for the event.

Mrs Keding said about 50 people would be on-site each night to ensure the event ran smoothly, with many of them volunteers.

“The events team are thrilled to be bringing some Christmas cheer and delight to the community,” she said.

“I would like to thank everyone because we have so many different community groups helping us, there have been many community groups volunteer their time and for that we are very thankful.”

Visit Sticky Tickets online at www.stickytickets.com.au/nfmi2/ to obtain free tickets. If you do not have access to a computer at home you can attend the Visitor Information Centre and staff will be on hand to help book tickets.

Those attending are encouraged to bring a donation to the event to support the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal.

The Valley Lakes area will still be accessible during the day as per normal and will be closed to prepare for the event at 6pm daily.

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