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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Festive cheer to reappear in Maitland

The popular ‘Christmas at The Levee’ event is back this year, with the first signs of festive cheer appearing next week.

The Levee Shared Zone will be closed to traffic on Monday 9 November to allow for decorations to be installed.

Traders from across The Levee precinct are providing some Christmas gift inspiration this year, with a range of offers all brought together in an offer booklet, as well as taking the time to create Christmas window displays for the public to vote on. 

Free, socially distanced Santa photos will take place at The Riverlink and, while there will be no sitting on Santa’s lap, the photo will still act as a great memory of the festive season.

With a new COVID Safe QR code sign-up system, people can book their spot using their phones and shop while they wait instead of standing in a queue. 

Starting from Thursday 26 November, sessions will be held every Thursday from 3pm to 7pm, and Friday and Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

Limited spaces will be available, so arrive early to avoid disappointment. 

Maitland mayor Loretta Baker says, while it’s been a challenging year for everyone, it’s exciting to be bringing back an even bigger Christmas program to The Levee this festive season.

“We hope that the community will get involved by picking up some of their presents from the great mix of local shops in the area,” she said.

“Along with supporting local businesses, this is also a great way to bring the community together at this time of year in a COVID Safe way.”

This year, a special Christmas celebration is coming to The Levee on Thursday 3 December, which will be a laid back evening with a small selection of fresh local produce, artisan beer, wine and spirits stalls, gift wrapping by donation, roving entertainers, and live music.

A program, including information about the Christmas activities and a fun nutcracker scavenger hunt, will be available throughout the precinct in the coming weeks.