Festive spirit goes a long way

It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas on the streets of Port Lincoln.

There has been some community criticism in recent years that the city lacked a bit of Christmas spirit and could do with a boost to its festive feel in the lead-up to Christmas and over the festive season.

As a result the Port Lincoln City Council and the Port Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Tourism have teamed up to respond to this demand.

While there was initially a lot of discussion about big ticket items to decorate the city, in the end one of the biggest impacts has come from the $200 the committee spent on red bows tied on trees throughout the central business district.

This just goes to show there does not have to be a big cost attached.

Things like Christmas lights and decorations in the streets might seem frivolous but they do a lot to lift people's spirits and the Christmas shopping period is a very important time for local businesses economically so making an effort is also a show of support for the business community.

Businesses themselves are also getting into the spirit with festive window displays and other initiatives like the Christmas lights competition and the upcycled Christmas tree display (pictured) are getting the wider community involved.

With a big focus on the city's Tunarama Festival, which closely follows the festive season, the community has traditionally waited until January for its turn at things like pageants and fireworks.

This year however the community will get double the fun with two parades and two fireworks nights in as many months.

This Sunday's Christmas pageant in Port Lincoln will be the first in about 50 years so hopefully the community heads along to support it and help make sure it becomes the annual tradition it already is in many of the surrounding Lower Eyre Peninsula towns.