Santa sig­nals an early visit

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

THE fes­tive sea­son is now in full swing, and the an­nual Mt Druitt Christ­mas Fes­ti­val is set to bring good cheer to many this week­end.

From noon on Satur­day at Daw­son Mall, the com­mu­nity will have the chance to see Santa, sing Christ­mas car­ols and watch a chil­dren’s show.

Live per­for­mances and sev­eral fun-filled ac­tiv­i­ties will be added fea­tures of the cost-free event, put on by Black­town Coun­cil.

Food trucks and stalls also will be dish­ing up tasty treats.

A gi­ant Christ­mas tree in the heart of the city will be il­lu­mi­nated at 8.30pm, with its dec­o­ra­tions and fairy lights ex­pected to heighten the merry at­mo­sphere.

“Mt Druitt will re­ally light up this year,” Black­town Mayor Stephen Bali said.

He said the May­oress Christ­mas Gift Ap­peal would be launched dur­ing the evening and he urged res­i­dents to do­nate gifts for chil­dren up to the age of six.

“The ideal do­na­tions are toys, books, new cloth­ing and non-per­ish­able goods,” Cr Bali said. Items can be dropped off by De­cem­ber 15. De­tails: 9839 6000.

There’s plenty for chil­dren to do at the Mt Druitt Fes­ti­val.

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