Mayor's Christmas Message
Christmas is my favourite time of the year.
Whether it’s putting up and decorating the Christmas tree with my children, or watching them count the days on their Advent Calendars, there is something magical about the Festive Season.
In the lead up to Christmas Day, the City of Norwood Payneham and St Peters is offering a number of events, activities and attractions for locals and visitors to experience and enjoy.
The festivities start on Saturday 25 November with the 40th Norwood Christmas Pageant. First held in 1978, the pageant has become an institution and is again expected to draw a crowd of more than 20,000 people, representing a variety of cultures and faiths, who will watch more than 100 floats, bands and marching groups make their way from Norwood Oval to Queen Street.
This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the Mayor’s Christmas Card competition, providing local children the opportunity to put their creative talents to work to design a Christmas card that captures the spirit of the season. Again we received an outstanding calibre and number of entries, making the decisions very difficult!
Following the success of last year’s inaugural Schools Christmas Tree project, students from 13 local schools will paint and decorate 55 six-foot tall wooden Christmas Trees that will be placed in the median strip on Osmond Terrace. Festive Gallery on Osmond will be on display from 27 November until 3 January.
Why not pack a picnic dinner and make your way down to Linde Reserve Dunstone Grove, Stepney on Friday 1 December for the Christmas Market and Twilight Carols event. There, you’ll have the chance to browse the stalls for that special gift before settling down on the lawn for a wonderful night of music and entertainment by candlelight.
For another evening under the stars, round up the family and bring a rug to Norwood Oval for a free screening of the Dr Seuss classic, The Grinch, on the big screen at Norwood Oval, Saturday 16 December.
For those who love lights, three six-metre tall Christmas Trees will return to the front of the Norwood Town Hall.
For more magical Christmas lights, head in the direction of Ninth Avenue (from Royston Park to St Peters) and surrounding streets to see a spectacular show of lights and decorations organised by the residents.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Council is proud to be a part of the ‘Give the Gift of Reading’ project. The Council will be accepting donations of new books, colouring and activity packs for children in need as part of the Backpacks for SA Kids Program. You can be part of this wonderful initiative by leaving your contribution under the Christmas tree at any of the Council’s Libraries or the Norwood Town Hall.
You can also bring some Christmas cheer to the needy by donating non-perishable food and drinks to the local Salvation Army or St Vincent de Paul, and help ensure that Christmas Day is a day that everyone in our community can enjoy.
Finally, to keep children occupied over the summer break, the Library Holiday Program offers a range of different activities and events that cater for children of all ages. Look out for the program and be sure to book early.
I look forward to seeing you out and about in our City during the next few weeks, at our events and enjoying the festive atmosphere.
I wish you all a joyful and holy Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Mayor, Robert Bria