Lighting up Wilmington

An initiative which was brought to Wilmington for the first time in 2017, is returning this year and organisers hope that it will bring along some Christmas cheer that is well needed in the farming community. 

On Saturday December 15, the Wilmington Visitor Centre is being transformed into a centre for festivities. 

From 5pm, Father Christmas will be in his magic cave and at 6.30pm carols will start. This is in addition to ‘Light up Wilmington’, where families are being encouraged to decorate their houses with Christmas lights.  

Carly Slee, the chairperson of the Wilmington Progress Society says that the town has always been really festive in December and all they want to do is build upon that spirit.  

“The Light up Wilmington campaign is really just about encouraging people to get involved in spreading Christmas cheer. Wilmington Progress Society with consent from our local council lights up the trees in the main street.

“It was amazing last year to see the amount of houses get on board, and we have expectations that this year will be even better,” Carly said. 

Carly also explained that another reason they are emphasising the celebrations this year is due to the conditions that farmers faced throughout 2018. 

 “We are a farming community and with the current climatic conditions, there are a lot of people who are doing it tough. This is just one little way we can offer some respite to local families.”

Last year funds raised throughout markets were donated to the Mount View Homes in Booleroo Centre, but this year because they did not want to pressure families into spending, the markets will not be going ahead.

Instead, the progress society will be hosting a barbecue to raise funds for the 2019 Family Fun Fair, the Wilmington Tennis Club will sell strawberries and ice cream for their club and the Wilmington Show Society will hold a cake stall. 

On the night of the 15th, there will also be an opportunity to view the entries for the recycled Christmas tree forest, which this year is in the theme of an Aussie Christmas. 

Maps of the lights in Wilmington will be available on the same night, but if you would like to add your house to the map please contact Carly Slee on 0427 184 243. 

All the activities involved with Light up Wilmington are in the hope to brighten up the community after this year’s farming season. 

“We hope that we brighten someone’s day or night, we hope people walk away from our magic cave or from looking at the lights around town and feel inspired to brighten someone else’s day or night,” Carly said.