Katherine lights up for Christmas

Published on Monday, 21 November 2022 at 11:48:39 AM

Katherine Town Council’s Carols by Candlelight community event is on at the Lindsay Street Complex on Saturday December 3 from 5.30pm.

It’s back after a hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic and this popular event is a festival of food and Christmas spirit, with local performers and a mix of food choices.

“We’re excited to have this event back on,” Katherine Mayor Lis Clark said. “It’s an important time for the community to get together and celebrate the year.”

There will be carols and dance performances, free photos with Santa, and free fruit from Woolworths. Food vendors include Curled Icecream from Darwin, Market Kebab also from Darwin, Katherine’s Bondi and Bourke and Red Cross Connected Women.

The event will be in partnership with the business community’s Christmas lights display. Local business owner Trent de With started the display at Lindsay Street last year to give his kids and the Katherine community something to look forward to.

“It’s from local businesses, just a way to say thank you to the local community for supporting us,” he said.

The display sees a community effort of time and donated lights to transform the complex into a magical wonderland. The display will begin the day before the Carols by Candlelight event and run every Friday and Saturday night up to Saturday December 24.

Lights competition

Council is also holding both a commercial and residential Christmas lights competition. Residents can win prize money and judging will take place on December 15 and 16 from 6.45 pm with the winners announced on December 22. Residents can register their address on the council website.

The commercial Christmas lights competition will be judged on December 19 and 20. All shops and businesses will be considered for their shop or window display unless they opt out. The winner will be named Katherine’s Best Commercial Christmas Display.

Council's Christmas tree

Council's Christmas tree has been put up at Katherine's Town Square.  With the tree and square lit up at night, it is a festive sight for passers-by.

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