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Put on your Santa hat and get into the Christ­mas spirit on Fri­day, 7 De­cem­ber from 5pm to 9pm at Wind­sor Mall’s Light Up Wind­sor, a free com­mu­nity event packed with rov­ing en­ter­tain­ment, spe­cial guests (in­clud­ing Santa!), mar­ket stalls and per­for­mances.

The Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies will be pop­u­lar TV host, jour­nal­ist and ac­tor Can­dice Dixon. The Mayor of Hawkes­bury, Coun­cil­lor Barry Calvert will also launch the May­oral Christ­mas Ap­peal at the event in sup­port of Hawkes­bury Sal­va­tion Army. Free park­ing will be avail­able at Gov­er­nor Phillip Park. Free ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude: Free face paint­ing

Free craft ac­tiv­i­ties – make your own Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tion

Live per­for­mance and meet and greet by Chil­dren’s Group ‘Jit­ter­bugs’ at 6pm Live school and com­mu­nity group per­for­mances Over 30 mar­ket stalls – buy your Christ­mas gifts

Wind­sor’s lo­cal restau­rant, pubs, eater­ies and shops will be open

Rov­ing en­ter­tain­ment from 6pm

Post your let­ter to Santa at the North Pole Post box

Meet Santa and his merry helpers. Hawkes­bury Re­gional Mu­seum will open on the night from 5pm-8pm es­pe­cially for Light Up Wind­sor. Hawkes­bury Li­brary Ser­vice will host a li­brary pop up at the Mu­seum for kids to have fun read­ing many Christ­mas themed sto­ries. Chil­dren and their fam­i­lies will also have the chance to make a Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tion, play some su­per-sized games and re­ceive a free book. A comfy read­ing cor­ner will be avail­able for those who want a quiet space away from all the hus­tle and bus­tle.

The Light up Wind­sor Street Fair is a long es­tab­lished ini­tia­tive of the Wind­sor Busi­ness Group in part­ner­ship with Hawkes­bury City Coun­cil, the Vice Pres­i­dent of Wind­sor Busi­ness Group In­cor­po­rated, Gae Kelly said.

“Our first fes­ti­val was held in Wind­sor Mall be­tween Baker and Kable Streets as a com­pe­ti­tion for shops to dress up their win­dows with Christ­mas Lights and sparkles,” Ms Kelly said.

“Each year this ex­cit­ing event has grown, with more en­ter­tain­ment and school groups be­ing in­volved.

“It’s won­der­ful that Hawkes­bury City Coun­cil has con­tin­ued to pro­vide fi­nan­cial sup­port over the years, and we wel­come their as­sis­tance again in 2018,” she said.

Light Up Wind­sor, ini­ti­ated by the Wind­sor Busi­ness Group Inc., is made pos­si­ble through the ded­i­ca­tion of a small group of vol­un­teers who put many hours into cre­at­ing a Christ­mas spec­tac­u­lar for all to en­joy.

“Ev­ery year, Wind­sor comes to life with en­ter­tain­ment which in­cludes free en­ter­tain­ment and mar­ket stalls with re­tail­ers, cafes and restau­rants stay­ing open late for busi­ness as part of Light Up Wind­sor,” Ms Kelly said.

“This year’s event is set to be the big­gest ever, with Wind­sor Busi­ness Group vol­un­teers work­ing closely with Hawkes­bury City Coun­cil.

“Mark the date on your cal­en­dar: Fri­day, 7 De­cem­ber for the great­est spec­tac­u­lar the Hawkes­bury has seen, come one come all, bring Nanna and Pop and tell all your friends about it.

“We hope ev­ery­one can come to ex­pe­ri­ence the ‘Wind­sor Way’ of cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas.”

Hawkes­bury City Coun­cil is proud to be work­ing in part­ner­ship with Wind­sor Busi­ness Group for this event, as­sisted by event spon­sors Wind­sor RSL, Pris­matic Pro­duc­tions, Hawkes­bury In­de­pen­dent and Wild­bunch Florist Wind­sor.

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