Mayor of Campbelltown George Greiss has firmly banished the Grinch that stole Christmas (and the giant Christmas tree) from our city.

This year Campbelltown residents will experience some of the most exciting Christmas programming yet, which kicks off on Friday 1 December with the Lighting of the Tree at Campbelltown Civic Centre from 6 to 9pm.

“This year we’ve committed to creating our biggest Christmas celebrations, including brand-new community events and the return of some old favourites,” Dr Greiss said.

Rocking Around Campbelltown will travel to three local parks this year including Glenfield Park, Cook Reserve and Rizal Park on Saturday 2 December, from 10.30am to 4.30pm, where visitors can enjoy a Santa meet and greet, festive activities and delicious food trucks.

The convoy will make its final stop at Campbelltown Christmas Carols, from 5pm to 9pm, featuring a night of stage entertainment, Christmas-themed activities, and family fun at Campbelltown Athletics Stadium.

Celebrations will continue in Campbelltown CBD throughout December, with themed decorations along Queen Street and Christmas On Q Friday’s, from 8 to 22 December, where visitors can enjoy weekly dessert truck pop-ups and family activities at the Forum Q LED bauble installation.

Handmade and Homegrown Markets On Q will offer a festive flavour on Sunday 17 December, from 9am to 2pm, with live Christmas carols from Campbelltown Camden District Band, handmade craft and food stalls and kids’ activities.

Christmas busking performances have also been planned for each Monday and Wednesday in December as part of Live and Local Lunches On Q.

Events at this year’s Christmas in Campbelltown include:

  • Light the Tree – Friday 1 December
  • Rocking Around Campbelltown – Saturday 2 December
  • Campbelltown Christmas Carols – Saturday 2 December
  • Christmas Live and Local Lunches On Q – Each Monday and Wednesday from Monday 4 to Wednesday 20 December
  • A Very Nerdy Xmas at HJ Daley Library – Wednesday 6 December
  • Christmas On Q Friday’s – Each Friday from Friday 8 to 22 December
  • Carols at the Library – Wednesday 13 December
  • Christmas Handmade and Homegrown Markets On Q – Sunday 17 December

The Mayor’s Annual Christmas Appeal will run till Wednesday 20 December. The appeal, which has been running for more than a decade, is seeking donations of new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items. Gift ideas may include board games, card games, books, craft activity packs, dolls, action figures, outdoor games or sporting equipment.

All donated items will go to the Macarthur Combined Churches who will distribute gifts to those in need this Christmas.