O Christmas Tree! Festival opens Friday

Ava Doyle, Amity Olsen, Tahlia Horvat and Milarni Holmes were getting their decorations ready to hang on the Preschool's Christmas tree.
Ava Doyle, Amity Olsen, Tahlia Horvat and Milarni Holmes were getting their decorations ready to hang on the Preschool's Christmas tree.

Organisers of Rotary Ipomoea’s Christmas Tree Festival are hoping for another wonderful display of trees and nativities to be delivered to Town Hall this Friday.

While the number of entries is unknown, they do know that classes at local schools are busy working on their trees as are childcare centres, playgroups and the preschool. 

The much-anticipated Jemalong Residential Village display has been in the making for months now.

This is the eighth festival and each year the creativity and variety of the displays grows, impressing the organisers more and more. 

There’s still time to get an entry in: they just need to be delivered to the Town Hall on Friday morning. There is a $5 entry fee which supports Rotary Ipomoea. 

The event transforms Town Hall into a Christmas wonderland, and everyone is encouraged to come along and see the display.

The official opening is on Friday evening – the doors open at 5pm with official proceedings at 6.30pm.

On Saturday, December 1, the Town Hall doors will open again from 9am -5pm.

Sunday viewing times have been extended slightly, from 9am to 3pm. Trees need to be collected from the Town Hall at 3pm.

Entry to the display is just $2 per adult, children under 12 (with an adult) enter free.

Everyone is encouraged to vote for their favourite tree or nativity display, there is such a variety it would be impossible for any judge to compare so it all comes down to the people’s choice. 

For the first time, organiser Sue-anne Nixon says, the Christmas Tree Festival will include a scavenger hunt within the hall for visitors to fill out a hunt form and place it into a draw for a Christmas gift drawn at 3pm Sunday. There will be eight hunt items to find hidden within the hall.

The event is a fundraiser for the local Rotary Ipomoea Club.

They have a number of local projects that we support each year, and this year they have a special focus on working with House With No Steps on the renovation of the former preschool.

House With No Steps purchased the Abbott Street facility after the preschool moved to the new Nelson Park space.

However, work is needed to make the site fully suitable for their needs. 

“This is a partnership that we hope we can support into the future with the support of other community groups as well,” Mrs Nixon said.

Forbes Preschool were excited to support the Rotary Ipomoea Club’s Christmas Tree Festival as students began work on decorating their entry.

Several of the preschool students were happy to show the Advocate what decorations they were creating on Monday.