Festivity in the streets

16/01/2019 Posted by admin

Coastal musicians (from left) Bill Wright, of Burnie, Hugh Hiscutt, of Howth, and Kevin Lucadou-Wells, of Heybridge, entertain people with some seasonal tunes in the Burnie Plaza.SANTA Claus is coming to … Burnie.

The big jolly man will be making his way through the city streets spreading the festive cheer every Saturday before Christmas.

You may even find him hanging out in the city’s plaza arcade.

It’s where all the magic is happening.

Burnie City Council executive support officer Kate Reilly said the Santa set-up in plaza would feature music performers, a Christmas tree for children to decorate and letters to write to the jolly old man.

It’s a joint initiative from City Link and the Burnie City Council.

“The idea is to bring some festive spirit to the city and it also gives our shoppers a chill-about area to have a break from the Christmas shopping to let the kids have some fun,” she said.

Ms Reilly said keeping the Christmas spirit alive for the kids was absolutely critical.

“It’s a magical time of year, but we are also channeling through to people to support their local businesses this time of the year and to bare in mind that the local businesses are doing it a little bit tough,” she said.

“This is a way of people giving back and rewarding people for shopping local.”

Burnie Mayor Anita Dow said as it got closer to Christmas there was always a great atmosphere in the city.

“As much as we all say we won’t leave the shopping until the last minute, the year just goes so quickly and yet again many of us find ourselves bustling through the streets,” Alderman Dow said.

“There are some great reasons to shop locally and support our small businesses this Christmas.

“Each Saturday leading up to Christmas there is free parking in the multi-storey car park.”

Alderman Dow said the Christmas display in the Plaza Arcade was magical.

“It is a real treat for children,” she said.

“Santa will also be wandering around the CBD wishing the shoppers of Burnie a wonderful Christmas each Saturday.

“Our local community groups contribute so much at this time of the year, with fantastic events like the Christmas Parade and Carols by Candlelight.

“It is a special time of the year.”

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