Community & Business

17 November, 2023

A Christmas cracker of an event

AN “enchanting holiday spectacular” is how Malanda’s annual Christmas Street Festival being held later this month has been described.

Santa and brothers Jack and Sonny Hawkins are looking forward to the 2023 Malanda Christmas Street Festival on 23 November.
Santa and brothers Jack and Sonny Hawkins are looking forward to the 2023 Malanda Christmas Street Festival on 23 November.

The festival, which promotes shopping locally for Christmas and provides locals with plenty of reasons to celebrate the season, will transform the town into a magical, family-centred shopping bonanza with lots of fun in store.

To be held on Thursday 23 November from 4pm-8pm, this year’s Street Festival will feature an impressive line-up of over 70 food vendors, not-for-profit organisations, and local retail stalls. 

From kid-friendly activities to late-night shopping opportunities at participating businesses and an exclusive chance to capture the spirit of the season with Santa Claus himself, the event is set to ignite the holiday spirit in all who attend.

Initiated by the Malanda Chamber of Commerce, this festive celebration marks the launch of the town’s highly-anticipated Shop Local Campaign, extending its warmth from that evening until Christmas Eve. 

Shoppers who support the cause by spending at designated Chamber of Commerce businesses will be entered into a contest to win an array of vouchers from local stores. The grand prize is a staggering $1000 Spar voucher, ensuring that the holiday season kicks off with a bang for lucky shoppers.

This year, the festivities will expand even further, with Catherine Street temporarily closing to create a safe and easily accessible pathway to Eacham Memorial Gates Park. 

Beyond the bustling shopping and delightful dining options, festival-goers can groove to the melodies of local artists, as well as be spellbound by the charming performances of the local primary school. 

The little ones won’t be left out either, as they can enjoy a variety of activities, including face painting and an enchanting photo opportunity with Santa in his whimsical grotto. 

Santa’s mailbox will also make its triumphant return, inviting the youngest members of the community to send their heartfelt letters directly to the North Pole.

Organisers say the Malanda Shop Local Christmas Street Festival is not just an event—it’s a heartwarming tradition that brings the community together for an unforgettable celebration. 


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