Port Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Tourism to kick off Christmas season

FESTIVE: Ann Staunton, Valerie Staunton and Karen Fiegert show they are in the Christmas spirit as Port Lincoln prepares to see the return of Christmas activities and decorations. Photo: Jarrad Delaney
FESTIVE: Ann Staunton, Valerie Staunton and Karen Fiegert show they are in the Christmas spirit as Port Lincoln prepares to see the return of Christmas activities and decorations. Photo: Jarrad Delaney

Port Lincoln is getting ready to get into the festive spirit over the next few weeks with decorations, window displays and even the Christmas parade planned to return in 2021.

The Port Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Tourism has been busy once again preparing for the Christmas and New Year period, continuing the momentum seen over the past two years.

This will include the return of the Port Lincoln Christmas Pageant which, pending SA Health approval, is set to take place on December 19.

The 2019 and 2020 pageants attracted about 3000 people and the chamber is expecting similar numbers for this year's event.

The chamber's festive committee convener Valerie Staunton said last year preparation for the pageant was short notice as SA Health approval came late, so organisers are hopeful for more organisation and involvement this year.

She said the organisers looked forward to once again seeing the joy on children's faces as the floats made their way down Tasman Terrace, including Father Christmas.

"We recognise this is a busy time for businesses in retail, but there's plenty of community groups and sporting groups who can participate," she said.

"There are prizes fro the best business and community floats, best costume, best float etc.

"Be sure to register on the chamber's website as soon as possible."

The committee is also looking for volunteers to put their hands up to be COVID marshalls, with the pageant needing about 30 to ensure it can go ahead.

The pageant day will include Christmas markets at the Nautilus Arts Centre with Father Christmas to also make an appearance at the Port Lincoln RSL.

Port Lincoln will also see the return of decorations including lights in the trees along the foreshore and the return of 'Hope' and 'Joy' near the Port Lincoln jetty.

The chamber has also once again run its Upcycled Christmas Tree Building Competition, with community groups invited to create trees out of recycled materials, and is seeking people to adopt this year's creations to display across the community as part of a Christmas Tree trail.

This will be on top of a window display competition for businesses across the city.

Ms Staunton said everyone was excited to once again be in the Christmas spirit and to share some of that joy around the community.

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