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Cummins Christmas events rolling out across December

WONDERFUL: Grace Coombs with a reindeer appearing in one of the displays at the Cummins Christmas Wonderland inside the Cummins Institute from December 1. Photo: Jarrad Delaney
WONDERFUL: Grace Coombs with a reindeer appearing in one of the displays at the Cummins Christmas Wonderland inside the Cummins Institute from December 1. Photo: Jarrad Delaney

The Cummins community will be alive with festive spirit throughout December, with an establish favourite event back at the Cummins Institute and the return of the local Christmas pageant after a year off.

Different subcommittees within the Cummins and District Enterprise Committee have been busy planning Christmas events for throughout December, starting with the Cummins Christmas Wonderland, held at the Cummins Institute for a second straight year.

A favourite of people of all ages, the Christmas Wonderland will be open from December 1 until December 28, 10am to 5pm and on Christmas Day from 2-5pm, featuring a range of festive displays and activities for children to take part in, with gold coin donation for entry.

Subcommittee chairperson Grace Coombs said a team of 10 volunteers had worked to put the wonderland together since late October with support from members of the wider community.

She said the community got excited each year about the return of the event, with the subcommittee working to change things around each year to provide something different from the last.

"I think everyone's getting pretty excited about it, children always ask me about it," she said.

"The community really supports this, which is good because it's the only way it can work.

"We have people who come from a long way way to visit."

For about 13 years the Cummins Christmas Wonderland has been dazzling the community, starting small in the institute supper room and from there moving on to the RSL Hall for more than a decade and finally making its way to the institute.

Mrs Coombs said the community had supported it with items for its displays and with financial contributions which have helped the committee buy items they would not have otherwise have budgeted for.

"The committee has been rewarded in their endeavours because of the support the community gives it and have seen how it benefits businesses and the community from coming to see it," she said.

"We feel very gratified the community supports us."

Mrs Coombs said there have been some younger members of the community come on board and hoped more could come on board.

She said while work was finishing up on getting the 2021 Wonderland ready, work had already began in coming up with ideas for next year's.

PAGEANT: Tarnya and Troy Branson with their float in a previous Cummins Christmas Pageant. Photo from file

PAGEANT: Tarnya and Troy Branson with their float in a previous Cummins Christmas Pageant. Photo from file

Father Christmas will make his appearance in the Wonderland from Saturday, December 11 between 10am-12pm, but not before arriving to town in the Christmas Pageant as part of the Cummins Christmas Festival on December 10.

What started as a get together and celebration for local businesses has grown into a festive family event, although it had a year off in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Floats will make their way through Cummins at 6pm from Bascombe's Corner towards the Railway Triangle, where children can meet Father Christmas, families can enjoy food on sale and then see a fireworks display at dusk.

There will also be a Christmas lights competition for the best house display, as well as a prize for the best float in the pageant.

Tarnya Branson is one of the members of the Christmas Festival subcommittee alongside Katrina Phelps, Jenna Hughes and Leanne Seaman, and said the fact the festival and pageant was coming back after a year off and the community has helped make it happen, showed the "can do spirit" Cummins was known for.

She said QR codes would be in place and hoped things would go smoothly and safely for an enjoyable event.

"We are very organised in the way we do it and try to lighten our load so we can continue to do it," she said.

"As a committee we've certainly been adapting to the new way of doing it and hope it all ends up safe and everyone does the right thing."

Mrs Branson said Community Bank Cummins District had helped make the fireworks possible as well as supporting the Christmas lights competition.

Finally the Cummins community can look forward to the Cummins Christmas Market at the RSL Hall on December 5 from 10am to 2pm.

Held every year, except for last year, people will be able to enjoy a range of stalls, with a food stall outside the institute and a coffee van outside the RSL Hall.

Market subcommittee member Sandy Jones said everyone involved was for the return of the market in 2021 and hoped to see the community out for it.

"We're very excited to bring this back, even if it is in a smaller venue," she said.

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