Christmas lights trail, traditional pageant to mark festive season in Albany CBD

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Albany Dance Academy at the 2019 Christmas pageant.
Camera IconAlbany Dance Academy at the 2019 Christmas pageant. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Albany’s festive season celebrations are set to be bigger than ever this year with the return of the City of Albany’s mobile Christmas pageant and the launch of a new Christmas lights trail through the heart of town.

The City opted for a static pageant last year rather than a travelling convoy amid COVID-19 restrictions.

This year the traditional pageant will be back to light up York Street on December 4, with the community set to launch festive floats and performances.

This year will mark the launch of the City’s first Christmas Lights Trail with 14 life-size installations to light up the CBD every night dotted from York Street to Anzac Peace Park from November 27.

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Locals can snap a selfie on the trail and share it on social media using the #albanychristmaslightstrail hashtag for a chance to win a local shopping voucher.

Artisans will show off their creations at the Twilight Markets on December 3 and December 4 in the Town Square and Alison Hartman Gardens, while children can snap a photo with Santa.

Mayor Dennis Wellington welcomed the return of the City’s traditions.

“The Christmas Festival and Pageant provides a wonderful opportunity for family and friends to come together at this special time of year,” he said.

“We are fortunate to have the pageant back for 2021 with a moving float parade again for everyone to enjoy.”

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