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Community invited to ‘Light up the Tree’ in Mawson Place

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In what is hoped to become a new City of Hobart tradition, the community is invited to a ‘Light up the Tree’ event on Hobart’s waterfront, Friday night (17/11/17), that will see the official lighting of Hobart’s new Christmas tree.

The Lord Mayor Sue Hickey said the new 14-metre, illuminated signature Christmas tree for Mawson Place is at the centre of an extensive Christmas decorations program for the city.

“The tree is one of the last decorations to go up and we are really excited to be hosting a family-friendly event on our waterfront to mark its inaugural installation and lighting.

“The event runs from 7pm to 9pm, with the official lighting at 8:30pm.  We will have entertainment, including stilt walkers and choirs as well as face painting and Variety the Children’s Charity will be selling Christmas treats to raise funds for the wonderful work they do for children.

“The tree has 7,500 LED lights and seven neon shooting stars, each around two metres long so it will look spectacular lit up, and I encourage families to come out and be part of a community event, spreading Christmas cheer,” said the Lord Mayor.


Alderman Philip Cocker, Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development said that as well as the large waterfront tree, there were a collection of smaller live trees located in the City’s main shopping precinct, in the Elizabeth Mall.

“Our 2017 Christmas decorations program also includes bespoke character illustrations with an Australian theme that have been applied to city centre planter boxes, tree and pole surrounds in Elizabeth Mall, with the windbreaks in Elizabeth Mall and a brand new, large scale illustration for the Hobart Council Centre windows depicting a Christmas narrative.

“In keeping with our Australian animal theme, a Christmas story has been applied to the large Hobart Council Centre windows tells the story of Polly the Pademelon and her friends that will be sure to delight children visiting the city.

“It is great to see a Christmas decorations program designed to appeal to all ages and contribute to a positive festive atmosphere in the City,” said Alderman Cocker.

The waterfront Christmas tree cost $141,000 and has an expected life of 10 years.