Council gets into Christmas spirit


Christmas is finally coming to Queenstown … 

The town will mark the festive holidays this year with tasteful new street decorations the length of Shotover Street and part of Duke St. 

Just weeks ago Mountain Scene published community calls for more Christmas cheer in town. 

Queenstown Lakes District Council is granting those wishes with 40 new decorations – which resemble upside-down Christmas trees. 

Jan Maxwell, the council arts and events facilitator, says: “This will bring a splash of Christmas colour to Queenstown. 

“People have been asking for decorations for years and it’s just a case of making my budget stretch to meet this need. It would be wonderful to decorate the whole town but this is a start and we’ll hopefully add something new each year. 

“I think people will be excited when they see these go up.” 

Funds for the new decorations – going up later this week – were allocated from the council’s $35,000 Christmas events budget. 

It also funds Queenstown’s Christ­­mas Spectacular, the Summer­­­daze Summer Festival in January, and decorations for Arrowtown, Wanaka and elsewhere. 

“The budget has to cover the whole district, we’ve had such great support from local businesses like Shotover Jet for the Christmas Spectacular that I’ve been able to find some space for new decorations.” 

Queenstowner Betty Brown, a vocal campaigner for more Christmas cheer, is pleased with the response. 

“Now they need a few lights around the place. There are huge Christmas parades in Southland and Dunedin with decorations across the streets. 

“But at least they’re doing something here.” 

Arrowtown’s Christmas wreaths also go up this week, with a Christmas tree decorated on Buckingham Green 
from December 1.