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Wallsend’s iconic Rotunda lights up for Xmas


Wallsend will be enveloped in the festive spirit from this week, with the suburb’s iconic landmark Rotunda, the biggest Christmas tree and a bevy of spectacular lights set to shine once again.

As the countdown to the big day continues, excitement is brewing among residents.

And, to enhance the atmosphere even further, the Wallsend Town Business Association will officially “flick the switch” on the Christmas tree on Thursday 1 December.

From 6.30pm, there’ll be snow, carols from local children and, of course, it wouldn’t be a celebration without Santa, who’ll be on hand to do the all-important press of the big red button to turn the lights on.

“We invite everyone to get involved,” WOW Wallsend Business Improvement Association chairman Wayne Rogers said.

“Come down with the family, take in the fabulous lights, grab a photo with Santa and post them on socials to spread the word.

“It’s really wonderful to see Wallsend village come to life at this time of year.

“Don’t get me wrong, 2021 was spectacular.

“But, this year, we’re lighting up more of the street and having additional free entertainment to encourage visitors into Wallsend.”

Among other special highlights throughout the month, locals can also enjoy Christmas-themed performances by the Hunter’s favourite kiddies’ group, Little Scallywagz on Saturdays 3, 10 and 17 December at 11am and 12.30pm; the Conscious Christmas Markets at the Rotunda on Saturday 10 December from 10am to 1pm; and joyous Christmas carols performed by the very popular and versatile quartet After Five, who will appear at the Rotunda on 21, 22 and 23 December from 6pm to 7pm.

“There’s no better time to visit Wallsend to shop local and show support of the businesses,” Mr Rogers said.

You can find more information by following WOW Wallsend on Instagram or Facebook.

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