Christmas in the City draws thousands in festive spirit

Emily AceSouth Western Times
VideoVictoria Street was overcome with festive cheer on Sunday as thousands lined the pavement to see the big man in red at the Christmas in the City street parade.

Up to 15,000 people flocked to the Bunbury CBD on Sunday to celebrate all things festive at the City of Bunbury Christmas in the City celebration.

Many dressed for the occasion in tinsel, reindeer ears and Christmas colours as they lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the RAC Street Parade which featured more than 40 floats.

Winner of the best float competition was Cross Security with their Santa’s Workshop display while Southern Ports was runner-up with their Good Ship Lollypop themed float.

Dakota Hunt and Jazmine Chapman, both 8, both of Bunbury, enjoy the giant snow globe.
Camera IconDakota Hunt and Jazmine Chapman, both 8, both of Bunbury, enjoy the giant snow globe. Credit: South Western Times/Bunbury Herald

One of the most popular attractions was the giant inflatable snow dome in Bicentennial Square – complete with artificial snow – which gave children the chance to experience the wonder of a white Christmas.

Mini-golf, festive art and craft activities and the opportunity to meet Father Christmas himself kept the kids entertained all afternoon, while parents enjoyed a raft of market stalls and tasty treats from numerous food vendors.

The crowd gathered as one to enjoy The Apprentice and Traineeship Company Carols Concert, which had children up and dancing with their glowing candles from the first performance by the Dardanup Primary School choir.

Maddison Burvil, 6, of Bunbury, enjoys the Carols Concert.
Camera IconMaddison Burvil, 6, of Bunbury, enjoys the Carols Concert. Credit: South Western Times/Bunbury Herald

Bunbury Senior High School music teacher Billie Court belted out a stunning rendition of All I Want For Christmas is You with the backing of the school band, while the Bunbury Men of Song and boys captivated the audience with O Holy Night.

Mayor Gary Brennan said it was “sensational” to see so many community members come together. “Christmas in the City is a true community event and it is wonderful to have so many people take part, from local businesses donating their time to young families watching the fun unfold,” he said.

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