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Singleton lights up with the spirit of Christmas


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the region.

As the Hunter Valley Gardens officially kicked off the festive season, with its impressive annual display opening to the public, Singleton joined the celebratory atmosphere, too.

Mayor Sue Moore turned on the Singleton Christmas Tree and Walk of Light on Thursday 3 November, which now illuminates the newly-beautified Baileys Union Park on John Street.

Business Singleton’s Laura Kelly, Singleton Council general manager Jason Linnane, Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell, Hunter MP Dan Repacholi and Singleton mayor Sue Moore switch on the lights.

Cr Moore teamed up with Hunter MP Dan Repacholi, Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell and Laura Kelly, from Business Singleton, to flick the switch on an extra special 10-week pop-up event, launching the most wonderful time of the year with an unforgettable lighting experience.

It is the perfect lead-in to an even bigger Christmas on John Street extravaganza on Friday 9 December, which has been boosted with a $75,000 NSW Government Reconnecting NSW Communities Grant to deliver a sleigh of festivities and activities, including free professional Santa photos.

The Singleton Christmas Tree and Walk of Light will also activate Baileys Union Park every night in the lead up to Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

The venue was transformed with landscaping, plantings and street furniture thanks to $440,000 from the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program.

Cr Moore said the Singleton Christmas Tree and Walk of Light was a great reason to experience the magic of Yuletide as well as shop locally for Christmas gifts.

“The new-look Baileys Union Park is the ideal footnote for the John Street Stage 2 Upgrade last year,” she explained.

“And, this mesmerising lighting installation combines the success of the Firewalk Festival and our ever-popular Christmas on John Street.

“Our town centre is proving yet again to be an ideal location for boutique shopping and dining, events and festivities, not to mention the magic of Christmas.

“I thank the Australian and NSW governments for their support to bring these projects together.”

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