A GROUP of Currabubula students on a Tamworth excursion this morning were lucky enough to run into Santa himself, who’d just dropped by to help get the city into the Christmas spirit.
The K-2 kids milled around to shake hands and have photos taken with the man in red, and see council workers put the finishing touches on the Christmas tree outside Ray Walsh House.
The tree will be lit up at a community event on Monday at nightfall, but MC Mike Hansen warned it would only happen if the community spirit was strong enough.
“We need as many people as possible to come along, because the lights only turn on with Christmas magic,” he said.
Ryan Sampson and the Tamworth Pipe Band will entertain, and the Rotary Club of Tamworth Sunrise will put on a barbecue.
Mr Hansen said Christmas was “a time to come together and really celebrate what it is that makes us a community”.
“It’s the perfect time for everyone to stop and remind themselves and each other that Christmas is all about inclusiveness,” he said.
The Christmas tree is about 6.5 metres tall, and takes at least three workers most of the day to assemble.
Monday’s event will start at 6.30pm, with the Christmas tree to be lit up just after dark.
There will be market and food stalls, and for the kids there will be activities – and, of course, the chance to bring along their wishlist for Santa.