Deck the halls and find the tinsel, Christmas is right around the corner

 Ho ho ho: Jorja and Millie Paine hitched a ride with Santa Claus at the Countdown to Christmas parade in 2016. Photos: Matt Attard
Ho ho ho: Jorja and Millie Paine hitched a ride with Santa Claus at the Countdown to Christmas parade in 2016. Photos: Matt Attard

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As Christmas music begins to play, and decorations adorn homes and businesses, final preparations are underway for the 2017 Countdown to Christmas in Port Macquarie.

After over 8000 people turned out for the Countdown to Christmas in 2016, organiser Alex Glen-Holmes says this year will be bigger and better than ever.

The free, family friendly event, on November 30, is back with all the fan favourites, including the Christmas parade with floats and community group displays, mascot run, Pycon Homes Fireworks Spectacular and best of all, the big man in red, Santa.

Sing Australia - Port Macquarie branch and Young Guns Ensemble will kick off the entertainment from 5.30pm, with Sea Scouts and local Rotary clubs running a barbecue, along with local businesses around Town Square open on the night.

“We are really excited about the Countdown to Christmas this year, it is a community run event for everyone to come and enjoy.

“We have over 45 community groups and businesses in the parade, along with local bands and school groups who will delight crowds as they walk along Horton Street,” Ms Glen-Holmes said.

The mascot race, from the corner of William and Horton Street, will kick off the parade, with mascots running down Horton Street ending at the Town Square.

Town Green will play host to local music groups and Blake O’Conner, who will keep the fun going, before the lighting of the tree by Santa and mayor Peta Pinson around 8.30pm, followed by the Pycon Homes Fireworks Spectacular.

The community event is run in joint partnership with the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce.

“After the parade, children will be able to have their photo taken with Santa and the Pycon Homes Firework Spectacular will go off with a bang after the lighting of the tree,” she said.

Horton Street will be closed to cars between 5.30-6.30pm on the night, and those wanting to watch the parade are asked to start getting a seat at 5.30pm, for the mascot run to begin at 5.45pm.

“Bring your picnic blanket and the family to enjoy this great event in the lead up to the holiday period.”

“We are also calling for volunteers to help during the parade, so if you would like to have a front row seat for the parade please get in touch,” Ms Glen-Holmes said.

Contact Alex Glen-Holmes on 0414772771 if you are able to assist.