Time to get in the Christmas spirit

The Cleve District Council is encouraging residents and businesses in the district to get into the Christmas spirit for this year’s Christmas festivities. 

The council has decided to separate the Christmas markets from the pageant, in an attempt to make it a bigger community event.

Cleve District Council tourism officer Bridget Johnstone said the council was still looking for stall holders.

“We already have 15 stall holders for the Christmas markets, which includes some from outside of the district,” Miss Johnstone said.

“It’s a great opportunity for local home businesses to make more of a presence.” 

The council has also decided to bring back the train rides around the town while the markets are on.

Miss Johnstone said the entrants from the Christmas lights competition would be on display during the train rides.

“It would be great if everyone in the competition could have their lights up in time for the markets, so everyone can see them during their train rides,” she said.

The wreaths for the Christmas Wreath Competition will also be displayed during the markets.

Entry forms for the competitions are available at the council office and on the website, and entries close on December 8.

Miss Johnstone said that the competitions were not just for Cleve residents but everyone in the district.

“We don’t want people to think that because they live in Arno Bay and Darke Peak that they can’t enter the Christmas lights competition,” she said.

“If they want to enter the competition, please put a form in so that we know to come and look at your lights.”

The Christmas Pageant will be held on Friday, December 22.