For folks on the Eyre Peninsula, the build-up to Christmas could never be complete without a trip to the magical Cummins Christmas Wonderland.
The festive event, which has been hugely popular since it first started in 2009, will return once again this year to bring Christmas cheer to the town of Cummins and all of its many visitors.
It has almost been ten years since that first display, when a couple of ladies decided to pull together a Christmas exhibition in the supper room at the Cummins Institute, and the wonderland has grown in leaps and bounds from there.
That initial small display was made up of a collection of decorations from the ladies’ homes – a dresser and a train set, among other things – and was open to the public for a couple of hours, four times a week.
Now in it’s ninth year, and organised by a volunteer committee of about ten people, the display is open everyday in December – including Christmas Day – and is a huge draw card for the small country town.
The wonderland continues to be in place until the very end of December.
Organisers are this year encouraging those whose relatives may come to visit on Christmas Eve, to make the most of those last few days of the year to come and visit the display, while also making the most of a trip to the wonderful town of Cummins.
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The Christmas Wonderland has outgrown it original location and is now held in the town’s RSL Hall.
The gold coin donations collected upon entry over the years have allowed the Cummins Christmas Wonderland Committee to buy new lights, decorations and displays to keep returning Wonderland visitors entertained year after year.
And this year is no exception, with a fantastic new group of displays being imagined and created throughout the year.
This means the Wonderland is truly looking special for 2017.
Of course no trip to the Wonderland would be complete without a visit from Father Christmas.
Yes, Santa himself will be visiting the display daily after he arrives in town on his sleigh at the Cummins Christmas Pageant on December 15.
December 16 right up until Christmas Eve he can be found at the Wonderland between 10am and noon.
Cummins Christmas Wonderland is not only great for drawing crowds from near and far into the town, but it’s also a perfect display of community achievement.
Each member puts together a smaller, individual exhibit to add to the overall display, and they are are never short of a helping volunteer.
The Cummins Christmas Wonderland will be open all December from 10am to 5pm, including from 2pm to 5pm on Christmas Day.