Deck the streets with DIY
Anyone who thinks the spirit of Christmas is missing from Palmerston North streets is not alone.
With just over a month to go, the city is looking somewhat lacking in festive spangle.
It was the same last Christmas, Carol Leckie from Square Edge said.
‘‘It was all very sad. I was at the tree lighting last year in The Square, and thought that apart from the tree, you wouldn’t have known it was Christmas.
‘‘This year, we decided to encourage business and shop owners to step up and make their places look more festive.’’
She and Community Arts board member Shaun Kay have launched a shop window decorating competition.
To win, business windows in the CBD need to be completed for judging by Friday, November 25.
The winner will be announced on December 1 at the Square Edge Christmas Market. The prize is a Christmas hamper.
‘‘We’ve tried to get people into the spirit of things. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the response. People have been really receptive to the idea.’’
Leckie is encouraging as many as possible to get involved.
‘‘It doesn’t have to be expensive. You can use repurposed material, get someone with some design flair, and just joosh up the place. It’ll be a bit of fun.’’
Community Arts have done some repurposing of their own, purchasing 12 festive garlands from Downtown that businesses are welcome to use.
Kay, Leckie’s partner in decor- ation, said archive photos showed the city looking much more festive in days gone by.
‘‘They used to make an effort with street decorations. These days it’s just blah. So, let’s make Palmy Christmasy again.‘‘
City parks and property manager John Brenkley said the normal Christmas lights will be going on street light poles in the CBD, with the tree in The Square erected on November 28 for the December 1 lighting ceremony.
The clock tower’s new LED display will be programmed with Christmas-themed lighting.
The council is focusing on events rather than decorations in the lead-up to Christmas and beyond, with details in the free summer events booklet Palmy is the Place.
Community engagement manager Ian Littleworth said having Christmas events and markets focused on The Square made them accessible to everyone.
Carol Leckie from Square Edge holding the ‘Christmas baubles of office’, wants central city streets to look more festive this Christmas season.
Public Christmas decorations on Broadway outside the Collinson & Cunninghame department store in 1971.