Residents celebrate Christmas in Valley
IT’S beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Derwent Valley as residents gear up for a sock-full of festive events this month.
Parades, carols, markets, and of course the man himself, Santa, will hit the streets of New Norfolk from this weekend as Christmas Day fast approaches.
This Saturday the annual New Norfolk Christmas Parade will send cheer through an expected crowd of thousands, with 30 floats set to go down High St.
Also on Saturday is this year’s Rotary Christmas Fair which will see 50 stalls deliver festive foods and bric-abrac at Arthur Square.
“It’s a real family day out and a big fundraiser for Rotary which sends proceeds back into the community for a number of projects,” organiser of both events Casey Farrell said.
“The day will have a big community focus and will attract people from far and wide. Saturday also includes a lot of free activities which allows all families to come out for a fun time.”
The annual Lions Club Carols in the Park will be held at Tynwald Park on December 14.
The event will include the Sands Family Circus, face painting, an animal nursery and a jumping castle.
Special performances will be held by St Brigids School Choir and classical singer Grace Ovens, who will lead the carols.
A special Christmas Banjo’s High St Market will be held on December 22. Crowned the Mary Little Market, the event will showcase all the usual trimmings of the Saturday market with an added Christmas flavour.
Saturday’s Christmas Parade runs from 12-1pm, with the Christmas Fair on from 10am-3pm.
Next week’s carols at Tynwald Park begin at 8pm, with children’s activities starting from 6pm.