Festive season sights, sounds
CHRISTMAS is just around the corner, and the Derwent Valley is gearing up to celebrate in style.
Carols, parades, markets, visits with Santa and more are planned for the region in the lead-up to the big day.
First up, the Lions Derwent Valley Community Carols in the Park will be held at Tynwald Park at New Norfolk on Friday from 5pm.
“We’ve got children’s activities, we’ve got face painting, we’ve got the Salvation Army bringing their jumping castle, we’ve got the PCYC coming along,” organiser Greg Hudson said.
“That will go until about 7pm, and then we’ve got some prelude music ... and then the carols will start about 7.307.45pm and Father Christmas will arrive and treat the children.”
The New Norfolk Christmas Parade and the Rotary Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday.
The parade will start at noon, running from the Arthur Square end of High St, up the length of High St, around Circle St, and finishing back at Arthur Square about 1pm.
About 25 floats will take part in the parade, with community groups, performing arts groups, dancers, singers, bands, and school groups represented.
The market will run from 10am-3pm at Arthur Square.
There will be about 45 stalls, ranging in focus from crafts and food to kids’ activities and Christmas gifts.
Christmas Parade and Fair Committee chair Casey Farrell said preparations were going well.
“I’m extremely excited and very much looking forward to the day, it’s going to be great fun, it always is great fun on the day and we’re hoping that the weather holds out,” Mr Farrell said.
“It’s a real opportunity for New Norfolk to shine and for us to come together and do something as a community and for the community.
“We’ve done a lot more promotion outside of New Norfolk this year, so we’re hopeful to bring even more people into the town for the day and give them a taste of what life’s like in the Derwent Valley.”
Local group New Norfolk Christmas is helping to invigorate High St during the festive season.
Nicola Rouleston, who owns Big Red Box in High St, said New Norfolk Christmas had organised an initiative called Selfies with Santa.
“It’s really giving families the opportunity to come and use their own cameras to take photographs, so there’s no charge to get a snap with Santa,” Ms Rouleston said.
Santa will be in residence for Selfies with Santa at Santa’s House from Monday until Christmas Eve, not including Sundays, between 11am and 3pm.
Santa’s House is in the Melody House building in High St.
There will also be volunteers at Santa’s House manning a gift-wrapping station.
Wrapping will be $2, with all funds going to the charity Share the Dignity.
Three stallholders from the weekend market will be outside the council chambers on Saturday to help stretch the parade and market along the length of High St.
“We’ve got the baker, local produce, and a cake stall outside the council chambers so that people will hopefully wander High St, because those three stallholders are very popular within the Saturday market,” Ms Rouleston said.
The Derwent Valley Concert Band will perform at Lees Corner on Christmas Eve.
CAROLLING CREW: Members of the Derwent Valley Concert Band hitting the high notes ahead of the Derwent Valley Christmas Carols are — back, from left, Geoff Rayner and Ellie Hayton; front, Amanda, Oliver, 6, and Rebekah James, 10.
SANTA’S HELPERS: Geared up for the New Norfolk Christmas Parade and Fair on Saturday are Lin Hopkins, left, and Michael and Sue Farley.