24 November, 2023

Christmas fun is coming to towns

CHRISTMAS is already here, with two major community events planned for this week at Malanda and Dimbulah, and the first Carols by Candlelight “Downtown” event set to get things festive in Mareeba on 1 December.

Christmas fun is coming to towns - feature photo

This Thursday, Malanda will transform into a magical, family-centred shopping bonanza with lots of fun in store.

This year’s Christmas Street Festival will feature more than 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.

It will be on from 4pm-8pm.

On Saturday, it’s Dimbulah’s turn to get into the festive spirit with Christmas Under the Stars to be staged from 5pm at the Dimbulah Memorial Hall and park.

Features of the event include more than 30 market stalls, singing and dancing performances, live entertainment by band Dr Elephant, pedal karts of various styles and sizes, and Bugzy Bumblebee playing games and blowing amazing bubbles.

There’s also the huge Cent Sale with over 60 prizes from QCWA Dimbulah, and a 2m high huge Christmas Stocking raffle valued over $1000.

Plenty of different food offerings will also be available and Mr and Mrs Claus will make an appearance on the night.

As part of Rotary Mareeba's Carols by Candlelight event to be held for the first time in Byrnes Street on Friday 1 December, organisers are calling for interested stallholders who would like to be a part of the markets. 

The new Carols event will feature face painting, market stalls, and Christmas photos with Santa and much more.

Stallholders can contact to indicate their interest and will be forwarded an application form. Limited spots available so register as early as possible, with applications to close on Monday 27 November. As local food businesses will be open late, no food vendors are required.


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