Christmas in the Mall

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Armidale’s Christmas in the Mall activities to feature something for everyone.

Something very exciting is happening on December 1; tell us more?

On Thursday 1st December, Armidale will be leaping into holiday season festivities at “Christmas in the Mall”. This event marks the start of Armidale Regional Council’s month-long program of free, community activities to celebrate the 2016 Christmas season!

The event will be held between 5pm and 10pm in Armidale’s Central Mall.

Armidale shops will be open late – trading alongside Market Stalls by local and visiting stallholders and offering the community a chance to sneak in some Christmas shopping, while enjoying the activities and entertainment on offer.

Locals 4 Locals will run a chocolate wheel, and there will be live music throughout the evening thanks to a great program of popular well-known local acts. Of course, the special guests at the event will be Santa and his elves.

A highlight of the evening will be the community’s first glimpse of Armidale’s new Christmas tree!

The Christmas tree will be a sparkling centrepiece when Christmas lights are turned on throughout the city centre to mark the start of the season. The whole community is invited to be a part of the celebration and enjoy the evening of activities.

What was the driving force behind this gift to our communities?

It has been some time since Armidale had a Christmas tree.

The east and central malls were festooned with lights in 2014 and an event was created to mark the “turning on of the lights”.

That year, Council decorated the tree outside the courthouse with Christmas lights. However, the community seemed underwhelmed, and there was disappointment expressed to Council.

It was this response that inspired Council to seek a new tree!

Fortunately, the old Christmas decorations committee kindly donated $4,000 left in their account towards the tree.

Tell us about the tree …

The 7 metre tall tree promises to light up the City Centre and add some extra sparkle to the community’s celebrations this year.

The first of its kind in Australia, the Armidale Christmas tree has been designed by Chas Clarkson, the same body who has produced some of Australia’s best Christmas tree constructions – including the one which resides in the Sydney city centre of Martin Place.

What else can we expect to see through the month of December?

Council has developed a diverse program of fun, festive activities and events throughout December. There should be something for everyone.

“Christmas in the Mall” launches a program of activities that runs right through to Christmas.

The “Schools Out Pool Party” will be held at Monckton Aquatic Centre on Friday 16th December from 3pm to close.

This is a chance for children and young people to celebrate the end of the school year with friends. All of the Centre’s inflatables will be out and available for those who are keen to make a big splash. Then when it is time for a break, everyone can take advantage of the free sausage sizzle.

On Saturday 17 December, between 9am and 12pm, Council is hosting “Kids Day in the Mall”. The day will include creative, fun and entertaining activities for children and young people, as well as community performances, live music and entertainment.

Children might take the opportunity to work with local artists and craftspeople to create some unique Christmas gifts. And the whole community will have a chance to experience a showcase of performances that will be provided by some of Armidale’s talented local young people.

To ensure that everyone has felt the spirit of the season, “Christmas Movie in the Mall” will be held on Thursday 22nd December – starting at 7:45pm.

Then we will wrap up 2016 with a big community New Year’s Eve event. Come and join in the fun for the huge countdown to 2017 at the Armidale Creeklands and Rologos Fields from 6pm. There will be food, entertainment, rides, games and of course, fireworks!

Each of these free community events promises to add seasonal cheer and fun – while bringing the community together over the holiday season.

More information and event updates can be found by following Armidale Regional Council’s Facebook page.

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