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25 November, 2021

Christmas Festival fun set for Malanda

IT may be a little town, but Malanda sure knows how to put on a Christmas festival.

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This Thursday night, the Malanda Shop Local Christmas Street Festival is set to wow the community yet again with their fun, festive, family-oriented local shopping extravaganza. 

To be held from 5-8pm, the street festival will feature more than 70 food, not-for-profit and retail market stalls, kids’ activities, late-night shopping at participating businesses and even a photo opportunity with Santa himself. 

Initiated two years ago by the Malanda Chamber of Commerce, the celebration kick starts the town’s “Shop Local Campaign”, which runs from that evening until Christmas Eve. 

The campaign involves customers who spend a set amount at participating Chamber of Commerce businesses going in the draw to win a plethora of vouchers from local stores, with first prize being a whopping $1000 Spar voucher. 

The Street Festival is the perfect way to initiate shopping locally at Christmas with community coming together for one big celebration. 

English Street will, once again, be closed off to allow for the record number of local market and food stalls, and, in addition to the shopping, festival goers can enjoy musical performances from local artists, as well as students from the primary school. 

Seafood enthusiasts will enjoy witnessing the prawn peeling competition involving some local well-known faces! On top of that there will be a range of activities for the kids, including a bungee run, jumping castle, face painting, and a photo op with Santa! 

Moreover, the Atherton Christmas Tree Farm will generously donate a real Christmas Tree for kids to hang their own decorations on, and Santa’s mailbox will be back in town for the little people to post letters to Santa.

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