Camden main street to become a Winter Wonderland

Camden main street to become a winter wonderland

A cool new event is making its way to Camden next month.

Winterfest will transform the town's main street into a winter wonderland with an ice skating rink on Larkin Place, winter themed activities and live performances.

The inaugural festival is the brainchild of the Argyle Business Collective and the Camden Council events team.

Collective president Andrew Valciukas said Winterfest was an exciting addition to the Camden events calendar.

"We came up with the idea following the success of the Jacaranda Festival," he said.

"There was gap open for something smack bang in the middle of winter - and what's better than something like this?

"Councillor Lara Symkowiak and the council events team first came to us with the idea and we have helped it come to life.

"We have all put together a whole heap of different ideas to get the ball rolling."

The event will be held from Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 14.

It will feature street performances, winter themed stalls and plenty of chilly activities.

Mr Valciukas said the ice rink was one of the biggest draw cards.

"It is going to be a huge rink and we hope it will be open all day during the three days of the festival," he said.

"Camden residents usually have to travel three to four hours to experience winter sports - but now we are bringing them to town.

"I know my kids are excited about it."

Mr Valciukas said the festival would be a good chance to highlight the town's beauty.

"The main street works are nearly done and the street is looking fantastic - especially with the lights on the trees," he said.

"It's a chance for us to show what Camden has to offer and bring more foot traffic into town.

"We hope people will come in and enjoy breakfast, go and look at the stalls or go for a skate and then grab some lunch - they might even stay in town for dinner."

Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli said the winter-themed event was a celebration of the improvements made to Argyle Street and the Camden town centre.

"This is is our most historic centre and it's very dear to us and our residents," she said.

"We've been working hard on this area and have made a number of exciting improvements.

"We've undertaken extensive landscaping work, upgraded and widened footpaths and the road, installed new, energy-efficient street lighting on multi-functional poles and so much more."

Cr Fedeli will be officially turning on all of the new fairy-lights on the Jacaranda trees on Argyle Street on Saturday, July 13.

"I'm encouraging all our residents to enjoy this beautiful part of the world," she said.

"Enjoy the activities, eat some great food and support some of our fantastic local businesses."

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