PARTY TIME IN GRAFTON STREET

Christ­mas Down­Town ar­rives with a bang tonight

Warwick Daily News - - FRONT PAGE -

A BEAU­TI­FUL Christ­mas won­der­land is set to be cre­ated on Palmerin St tonight, as a brand new fes­tive tra­di­tion starts in town.

Christ­mas Down­Town will shower War­wick in hol­i­day spirit, with trees dec­o­rated with baubles, lights and other cre­ative pieces.

A big street party will be held tonight to cel­e­brate its launch.

Christ­mas Down­Town is an ini­tia­tive of the War­wick Cham­ber of Com­merce, pres­i­dent Ju­lia Keogh said mem­ber Robyn Fraser floated the idea at a meet­ing a few months ago af­ter see­ing dec­o­ra­tions on the streets of Beaudesert.

In War­wick all the dec­o­ra­tions will fol­low a colour palette of red, green, white, gold and sil­ver.

Ms Keogh said dress­ing up the main street would help show­case the stun­ning build­ings in War­wick, with the post of­fice be­ing a fo­cal point of the dis­play.

The re­sponse to the ini­tia­tive had been over­whelm­ing, with peo­ple join­ing a wait­ing list to se­cure a tree, she said.

“I see this grow­ing to be some­thing that I think has the po­ten­tial to be some­thing re­ally lovely that the com­mu­nity can feel is part of our DNA, part of our cel­e­bra­tion,” Ms Keogh said.

The street party will start at 6.30pm tonight out­side the post of­fice and will see a sec­tion of Grafton St, be­tween Palmerin St and Ste­wart Ave, closed off for the cel­e­bra­tions.

The East Street Singers, The WUPPIES, Cen­tral State School com­bined choir, and the Fern Broth­ers will per­form, while Ro­tary Club of War­wick Sun­rise will hold a sausage siz­zle and War­wick East State School P&C a food stall.

There will be free face paint­ing for the kids and no Christ­mas party would be com­plete with­out a visit from Santa Claus, who is ex­pected to ar­rive about 7.30pm.

Cel­e­bra­tions will wrap up about 8pm but the Palmerin St trees will re­main dressed from De­cem­ber 7–27.

Photo: Elyse Wurm

BRIGHT SPARKS: Jeff Clark, Ju­lia Keogh and Kay Mar­tin have been the driv­ing forces be­hind Christ­mas Down­Town.

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