The decorations are going up as Singleton prepares for the Hunter’s biggest community Christmas party with Christmas on John Street to have jingle bells ringing on Friday 7 December 2019.
A big night of entertainment, music, food and fireworks is on everyone’s list, and Santa will be checking it twice with free photos at a special “Santa’s grotto” in a new addition to the program for this year.
The big unwrapping of Riverside Park at 4.30pm will kick off the merriment.
Then the Singleton Town Band will lead a procession to the live stage area (featuring performances by St Catherine’s School choir, dance groups and local bands) roving performers, market stalls, food trucks and children’s entertainment including a jumping castle, face painting, animals from Oakvale Farm and activities by Singleton Youth Venue and OOSH as the event gets underway at 5pm.
Fireworks will have everything merry and bright to cap off the night at 8.30pm.
Road closures will be in place to facilitate the event at:
• John Street between York Street and William Street
• Pitt Street between John Street and Laurel Lane
• Castlereagh Street between John Street and Laurel Lane
• Burns Lane between John Street and the mall access road
• John Street between William Street and Elizabeth Street – for 15 minutes from 5pm to 5.30pm
Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore said Christmas on John Street was one of the highlights of the year.
“I’d go so far to say there isn’t any other community Christmas party that can match the spirit of Singleton,” she said.
“It’s often hard to build on successful events, but Council’s events team has outdone itself this year with some fabulous new initiatives including free Santa photos at Santa’s grotto near Pitt Street – thanks of course to the Rotary Club of Singleton.
“I love seeing people come out for Christmas on John Street, and especially the smiles on everyone’s faces. It’s a great occasion for people to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, as well as everything that’s great about Singleton.”
General Manager Jason Linnane said events such as Christmas on John Street epitomised Council’s role in the community.
“People told us they wanted a community that is vibrant and connected and nothing demonstrates that better than Christmas on John Street,” he said.
Photo: Mayor of Singleton Cr Sue Moore and General Manager Jason Linnane with the John Street Christmas tree. Courtesy of Singleton Council.