Festival a holiday stand out

TREE FESTIVAL: Janet Mitchell stands with Marion Neilsen who was one of the original women from the YWCA who started the Christmas tree festival.
TREE FESTIVAL: Janet Mitchell stands with Marion Neilsen who was one of the original women from the YWCA who started the Christmas tree festival.

The 60th Christmas tree festival officially kicked off the festive season for Port Pirie.

The event saw more people attend than expected, with about 300 people walking through the doors each day, with an additional 200 local school children visiting Santa on the Friday. 

Sue Arbon, the activities coordinator for Lighthouse Church says adding to their celebrations was having one of women attend who started the festival 60 years ago. 

“To have Marion there was fantastic. To listen to all the work they had done, the stories and what they had achieved and the fact they didn’t expect it to keep going and to actually have them come back and tell us how much things have changed and grown- it is fantastic.” 

The Lighthouse Church have had nothing but positive reports for their continuous efforts to host the event. They appreciate the information that past members can pass onto them to continue the tradition and kick off Pirie’s Christmas celebrations. 

“It all builds a big picture up of how many years this has been going and how many smiles on children’s faces and bringing the community together as one. It doesn’t matter race, religion except you all join as one to have that family time together”, Sue said.