PARTY TIME IN GRAFTON STREET
Christmas DownTown arrives with a bang tonight
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.
BRIGHT SPARKS: Jeff Clark, Julia Keogh and Kay Martin have been the driving forces behind Christmas DownTown.