Linton lighting up for Christmas

November 17, 2023 BY

Merry and bright: Linton locals are encouraged to decorate their home with Christmas lights this year to brighten the town. Photo: FILE

IT’S time to switch on some early festive spirit in Golden Plains Shire’s north. Linton and District Progress Association members are encouraging individuals and families across the town to decorate their houses and front gardens with Christmas lights. Their aim is to not only brighten up the town, and fill it with colour, throughout late-November and December, but to bring the community together. LDPA member Michael Vogel said the association will also run a competition, with prizes for the best displays. “We’re trying to get the community switched on,” he said. “It’s something to put us on the map a bit. “The plans aren’t complicated, we’re just giving people a bit of time to decorate up, and we’ll drive around at night and have a look at who has got something pretty going. “We’ll announce the winners at our community barbecue on the 2nd of December.” Mr Vogel said the association hopes more townwide events like the Light Up campaign, and last weekend’s Linton Garage Sale, can bring some more excitement to area, and attract more visitors. “We had a bumper day at the Town Wide Garage Sale, and it was like being in main street Ballarat, there was that much traffic in the town,” he said. “It was nice to see so many people on the street, driving into the town, and past other things. They realise Linton’s not just a village you drive through, there are reasons to come here. “You can bring your family out for a Sunday drive, have coffee, and a meal, have a picnic, see the cemetery and the Vera statue. “Events like this also create a cycle of prosperity for locals living here.” The Linton community barbecue will be held on Saturday 2 December in the skatepark precinct, opposite the Linton Takeaway.