Christmas lights set town a-sparkle

Forbes is lit up for the festive season.
Forbes is lit up for the festive season.

Head down town after dark and you'll see the central business district is beautifully alight for the festive season.

Forbes Mayor Phyllis Miller says the council is proud to expand its Christmas displays this year.

"The community deserves a pick-me-up after what has been a difficult year, in fact, quite a few years actually with the drought," she said.

Recognising the broad appeal of these decorations in lifting community spirits - and with the thought that this is especially important after years of drought and the restrictions of Covid - Council has expanded the Christmas decorations project to include more displays in and around the CBD, in addition to the already well-loved decorations.

Lions Park has also been included in the display and will have lights, similar to the ones in Victoria Park, hanging from the trees.

"We especially love the new Christmas tree and reindeer in Albion Park, they look spectacular in amongst the sculptures situated there," Mayor Miller said. "We are upgrading our surveillance cameras in this area after an unfortunate vandal attack on the tree.

Victoria Park also has a new 'walk in and sit down' illuminated Christmas present, and the park is the perfect spot to watch the tale of Santa Koala being projected onto the Town Hall.

The tale of Santa Koala by Colin Buchanan and Glen Singleton will be brought to life on the Harold Street side of the building. The short story animation will be projected onto the building with lighting effects like those seen at Sydney's Vivid Festival.

"The great thing about this kind of display is we can have it in a COVID-safe way in which all the community can be involved," Mayor Miller said.

"Our beautiful Town Hall and Victoria Park are the perfect location for such a display. We hope the neighbours also come to town to see it and maybe do a spot of shopping and dining out too."

The lights and projections will remain in place until January 2021.