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MEDIA RELEASE - Countdown to Christmas in Casterton

28 November 2018

The famous tree is being unpacked, lights unbound and decorations dusted in readiness for Casterton’s iconic Christmas countdown celebrations.

The popular light-up night Christmas festival returns on Friday evening with the main street closure promising an entertaining evening filled with live music, free children’s activities, market stalls, food stands concluding with a fireworks display and lighting of the famous town hall tree.

Even Santa is pulling in his sleigh for the popular celebration hosted by the Casterton and District Business Association (CBDA) in partnership with the Glenelg Shire Council.

Councillor Karen Stephens, whom is a CBDA member assisting with the organisation, said the town’s business community were opening their doors late to allow punters to complete their Christmas shopping.

“This event has become a huge family attraction on our calendar. Many people, who may be residing in other areas, return to the town to see family and friends for this night celebrating all things festive, counting down to Christmas Day,” Cr Stephens said.

“This is an iconic event which is always filled with plenty of magic and colour, ensuring fun for all as we celebrate a year of success and growth in our wonderful community.

“There are jumping castles, golf games, cricket nets, face painting and much more to ensure children are entertained before Santa’s important arrival at the town hall. Plus for the bigger kids there is live music, car displays, licensed area and plenty of delicious food options to keep people happy and comfortable exploring our great local business offerings.

“This event is a whole of community collaboration, with everyone from the primary school, Lions Club and football club lending a hand to ensure it is a success and a night for all to enjoy. We thank each and every volunteer for putting up their hand to support the evening.”

Mayor Cr Anita Rank urged people to support local traders for the unique event.

“Every dollar we spend in our local community stays in our local community, supporting a business and creating local jobs,” Cr Rank said.

“With this in mind I urge everyone to think twice before they plan a trip out of the shire, or start shopping online, to complete their Christmas list; we have great businesses locally who provide fantastic customer service and will assist in taking away the stress of your shopping experience.”

Henty Street will be closed for the Casterton Christmas Festival from 5pm to 11pm.

To learn more visit the CBDA Facebook page.

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