Flashback Friday: Christmas in the City

ITCC CEO Jane Easthope with her dachshunds Archie and Biscuit, and of course, Santa!

This year’s Christmas celebrations will be the final In The City Canberra event. After a decade of delivering and sponsoring events, we reckon we know what you want and on behalf of the levy payers who fund us, we know how to do it without breaking the bank. You like great local food and wine, chilling out with lots of other people and quirky things like sausage dog races.

Come to Garema Place and City Walk on Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 1, 2, 3 December and we will treat you to carnival rides, 30 food and beverage stalls and live music under starry lights with a Christmas twist. Starting on the 8th of December, the twist of Christmas will explode in Glebe Park with Santa, trees, song and more. In 2015 and 16, we delivered the tree and concert helped by a grant from the government. This year they are going alone. So there’s no forgetting that it’s the festive season because there’s something to entertain you every weekend in December in the lead up to Monday 25 December.

As a flashback, here’s what we have brought to the community

2007: Santa In The City and advent pageant.

2008 to 2010: Carols program in addition to governments’ lighting of the Canberra Christmas tree and concert.

2011: Christmas remix: 12 days of Christmas songs by roving entertainers throughout Braddon and the City.

2012 to 2015: Camel Rides, amusements and attractions including Flip Out, Bumper Boats, Bungy Jumping and Water Balls, a community made cubby bought at Floriade, a piano, as well as adult and kids jumping castles.

ITCC’s Christmas in the City 2015 celebrations

2014 to 2016: A formal 3-year agreement with SIDS and Kids (ACT) now called Red Nose to provide Christmas lights. We provided $75,000 so that the Guinness World record lights at the Richards family home in Forrest could come to the City. To break records in public places, there was a need for thousands of more lights on the Christmas tree and tunnel display. In 2014 around 208,000 people attended the world record tunnel of lights in Petrie Plaza. Donations raised more than $300,000 for SIDS and Kids and an estimated one $8 million was generated in the Canberra economy.

Thanks to the philanthropic and passionate contribution by David Richards on behalf of SIDS and kids combined with the enthusiasm from In The City Canberra, $195,000 was granted from the ACT government to restore Canberra’s Christmas tree in 2015 and an allowance of $125,000 for 2015 and 2016 for Christmas In The City Concert featuring kids shows and last year the headliner was Shannon Noll. In 2014 SIDS and Kids worked extremely hard at breaking the Guinness World Record TM title for the world’s largest LED light display – 1,194 380 lights. In 2015, David loaded the tree up with so many lights that the previous world record holders, Universal Studios in Japan didn’t stand a chance.

In 2015 there were markets and in 2016 we created an extremely popular food festival that encompassed Braddon and City traders selling Burgers, BBQ and Beers as well as desserts. We added dachshund and pug dog races, an interactive graffiti wall, DJs and live and roaming performances.

Bring on the 2017 Christmas Carnival in the City – we’re excited!