Lonny lights up

November 19, 2020 BY

The famous Christmas lights in the Borough of Queenscliffe. Photo: LACHLAN MANLEY (facebook.com/lachlanmanleyphotography)

CHRISTMAS lights have been hoisted around the giant Norfolk pine tree between Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff in preparation for the much loved community tradition.

The 45 metre heritage listed tree was climbed by specialists who strung hundreds of coloured lights around the tree.

The tree has been illuminated each summer for more than half century for the annual Borough tradition.

The lighting ceremony will be take place on December 5th and will be broadcast live on Zoom and the council’s Facebook page.

Coronavirus restrictions still prevent large-scale gatherings, but Borough of Queenscliffe chief executive Martin Gill is keen to make it special despite COVID restrictions.

“While Christmas in the Borough may be different this year, Council is working hard to make sure it will be just as special,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to having local residents and visitors from far away take part in our live broadcast and share in this important tradition in a new way this year.”

The council took over the operation of the tree following the disbandment of the Rotary Club of Queenscliff earlier this year.

The council says the tree is just one of many exciting Christmas activities coming to the borough.

Residents will also be treated to Christmas flags, created by a local designer, to be installed in major shopping precincts.

More information about Christmas in the borough will be made available on the Borough of Queenscliffe’s website throughout the Christmas period.

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