RICHMOND Valley Council will host three special Christmas events this year in Evans Head, Casino, and Rappville, with a smorgasbord of family-friendly fun to bring joy to the festive season.
The first tree to be lit in the Richmond Valley is the Evans Head Christmas tree, on Tuesday December 3, from 7.30pm, outside Council’s administration building on Woodburn Street.
Bring the family for a free sausage sizzle and get the kids’ faces painted by Spottygirl. Carols will play in the background while everyone mingles and gets excited to see a very special visitor – Santa Claus. Then let the countdown begin as we turn on the lights and celebrate the beginning of the festive season.
In Casino, the Richmond Valley Christmas Street Party will run on Thursday 5 December, from 6pm-9pm.
With the CBD closed off to traffic, the event will feature a host of activities spread across four sections of street renamed to create a festive spirit:
- Candy Cane Lane. This a foodie street – from the Commercial Hotel up to Mikes Café and includes Londys, Sprout and Mikes and the potato van bringing their fare onto the street as well as the Lions van, Rotary and Spanish Fiesta in Walker Street. Local food vendors will have taste plates and Santa snacks between $3 and $10. There will be a grassed chill-out zone for people to hang out and feast.
- Merry Market Road. Market stalls will line Walker Street up to Kibbles Bakery; all encouraged to dress up the stalls in the Christmas spirit.
- Reindeer Avenue. Kids’ amusement zone with teacup rides, jumping castle, laughing clowns and more.
- Jingle Bell Square. Old favourites Pooches on Parade, Casino Men’s Shed’s popular build-a-box and a very special visit from Santa is scheduled for 6.45pm. The lights on the Christmas tree will occur at around. 8.15pm. Local performance from our local schools and the popular One Voice Choir.
The foundation of the evening is the lighting of the Christmas tree, which will happen shortly after dusk, before celebrations continue until 9pm. There will be no fireworks this year – but plenty of Christmas cheer.
A Council-hosted community Christmas party will take place at the Rappville Sportsground on Saturday 14 December, from 3pm to 6pm.
Bring your chairs and a picnic rug for a heart-warming celebration of Christmas cheer, with festive music and entertainment, a free barbecue and drinks, jumping castle and face painting, Fitness Kidz activities, and a visit from Santa.
As well as the three Council-hosted Christmas events, there are Christmas carols in Coraki (7 December), Casino (8 December), Evans Head (11 December) and Woodburn (14 December). Check Council’s website for all the details.
Richmond Valley Mayor Robert Mustow said the events were a fantastic way to kick off the festive season.
Cr Mustow said the events were a wonderful celebration of everything Christmas and brought together thousands of local residents and visitors from the region and beyond.
“There will be something for everyone with lots of fun things to see and do for young and old,” he said.
Cr Mustow also said the events were of significant importance to the community this year given the recent bushfires across parts of the Richmond Valley.
“We all know the past two months have been a particularly challenging time for many in our community, and the long road to recovery for some of those already impacted has only just begun,” he said.
“The challenges we face due to this natural disaster are a great reason for the community to come together for this year’s public Christmas celebrations.
“I urge all residents to come along, join in the fun, and enjoy themselves. Let’s kick off the festive season with real community spirit.”