FATHER Christmas has decided to schedule Christmas in Mandurah a bit earlier this year.
He usually plumps for the second Tuesday in December but is a tad busy so has moved the kick-off to Friday, November 30, providing a couple of extra weeks of Christmas cheer.
He also decided to use the Christmas pageant to flip the switch and launch Christmas in Mandurah.
The festival will wrap up with fireworks on New Year’s Eve.
Father Christmas has delegated organisation to the City of Mandurah event elves who are asking local business and community groups to develop and deliver a range of new Christmas activities and events with the focus on the city centre and marina.
This will begin the new tradition of a month long celebration in Mandurah at Christmas.
“We want business and community groups to share their ideas with us and help compile the calendar of events’’ said head elf Adelle Henry.
“It might be as simple as a Christmas feast at a restaurant or community groups singing Christmas carols,’’ she said.
Good ideas are already arriving, including a Christmas flotilla and the canal Christmas lights.
Another idea is working with artists to dress shop windows.
There will also be plenty of food trucks and special themes for the Mandurah Markets.
Christmas in Mandurah has become an important draw for tourists and by starting early, the idea is to boost numbers during a quiet time in early December.
Anyone with a good idea for a Christmas event that their business can run as part of Christmas in Mandurah should contact the events team on 9550 3840 or email@example.com