John Smolka from Gympie Regional Council puts the final touches to some Christmas decorations this week.
John Smolka from Gympie Regional Council puts the final touches to some Christmas decorations this week. Renee Pilcher

Adding some festive cheer

THE first of Gympie’s Christmas decorations started going up this week.

Looking as festive as ever, the Christmas tree at the Five Ways kicked off the rest of Mary Street’s yuletide transformation on Wednesday.

Gympie Regional Council Mayor Ron Dyne said more decorations would go up next week. And new decorations made in-house would be added to the mix.

Despite calls from the community to splurge on new adornments, he said council could not afford to replace all its Christmas stock. But over the next few years council has pledged to add more decorations and eventually replace the old ones.

The Gympie Times is running a Christmas decorating and lights competition for Mary Street businesses.

In 1905, shops really embraced the spirit of Christmas; The Gympie Times reported businesses throughout the town had an “unusually gay and festive appearance” and “brightly illuminated shops” were “open until 9 o’clock”.

Gympie Times


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