- Thursday 27 November 2014
Sunshine Coast Council kicked off the Christmas and New Year festivities last night (November 26) when Mayor Mark Jamieson switched on the lights of the Mooloolaba Christmas tree – signalling the official opening of the Coast’s Christmas Tree Trail.
Mayor Jamieson said the ceremonial lighting heralded the start of this year’s Christmas and New Year program and the launch of the My Christmas, your guide to Christmas and New Year events publication.
“This year’s program is again bursting with fun, family-friendly events and activities throughout December and January for all the community to enjoy,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“The Sunshine Coast Christmas Tree Trail began six years ago when council received feedback from the community about how they celebrate Christmas and what they’d like to see in their region to mark the occasion.
“This year council’s special Christmas Tree Trail will dazzle and delight with a total of 22 trees lighting up progressively throughout the region over the coming week or so.
“I encourage everyone in the region to share the spirit of the festive season and support their community by heading out to a local event.”
Division 4 Councillor Chris Thompson said the Norfolk Pine at Mooloolaba will be the largest festive installation and all the decorations have been designed in Queensland.
“Council has increased the amount of decorations in a number of trees across the region to increase the presence and impact of these trees within their communities,” Cr Thompson said.
“Only environmentally friendly Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting features across all of the council-decorated trees this year, keeping with council’s vision for the Sunshine Coast to be Australia’s most sustainable region - vibrant, green and diverse.
“The stories of each tree are as varied as the decorations and range from Hoop, Bunya and Norfolk Pines to Swamp and Paper Gums, Fig Trees, Jacarandas and Lilly Pillies. Importantly, attached to each tree are low impact ties that don’t damage the trees or impact native wildlife.
“Council is keen to see and support community based activity around these sites which will contribute to the sense of festivity and celebration.”
For full details about the Christmas Tree Trail and all the community Christmas and New Year events across the region, residents and visitors can head to council’s website or grab a copy of My Weekly Preview’s My Christmas publication.
Council is pleased to partner with My Weekly Preview to bring all the event information to you on the wide variety of Christmas and New Year activities taking place across the region.