THE annual Christmas in Romsey festival has swung into full gear to lighten the community’s mood in what has been a challenging year.
Last weekend, an all-time record of 90 Christmas trees, decorated by schools, community groups and businesses, were installed in Main Street by a band of dedicated volunteers.
The trees, including Romsey IGA’s toilet-paper-roll-themed tree and the Old Mates Café gingerbread house tree, are all solar lit at night to enhance the spectacle.
The smaller trees accompany the large community Christmas tree located near the Five Mile Creek bridge.
This Friday and Saturday night, the Romsey Community Hub buildings and the fountain precinct will be especially illuminated from 8.30pm as part of the yuletide celebrations.
Romsey Region Business and Tourism Association president Jenny Stillman encouraged the community to get around the fifth annual Christmas event.
“These two special evenings are an opportunity for our community and visitors to grab some food from the visiting food trucks or local cafes, catch up with friends and wander the street to enjoy the special illuminations and Main Street trees,” she said.
“After a tough year for many businesses, seeing so many involved in and embracing this Main Street display, both with their decorated trees and their own shopfront decorations, has been inspiring.”
Along with the Christmas lights, Santa Claus will be roaming Romsey’s residential streets visiting children between 5pm and 7pm both Friday and Saturday nights.
The event is supported by major sponsors Bendigo Bank, Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Newnham Earthmoving.
For more information, people can visit www.facebook.com/RRBATA or www.romsey.org.au