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Light Up Windsor 2023

A few weeks away from the most-awaited holiday season, something festive is about to light up in Hawkesbury.

Light Up Windsor Christmas Tree Lighting
A crowd during the most-awaited christmas tree lighting at light up windsor © hawkesbury city council & hawkesbury events

Participate in the upcoming Light Up Windsor Street Fair, an annual celebration at Hawkesbury during the holiday season, on Saturday, 2 December 2023.

Expected to be bigger than before, and with one week until the big event, residents from Hawkesbury and beyond can expect the following attractions and activities:

  • A ‘Let it Snow’ snow zone with snow flurries – Corner of Baker and George Street
  • Free face painting
  • Free face painting
  • Free silent disco
  • Free Christmas ornament workshop
  • Christmas Cheer Alley – South Windsor Mall
  • Snowflake Lounge quiet zone at Hawkesbury Regional Museum
  • Windsor Uniting Church Christmas chill-out zone
  • Christmas lights display in Windsor Mall – Loder House, Howe House, Thai 89 Building, the Old Bank, The Hawkesbury Regional Museum and the Windsor Mural

According to the Hawkesbury City Council Events Team, Light Up Windsor—which has been running since 2018—expects more than 12,000 individuals annually.

Light Up Windsor 2023 Map
Event map of the light up windsor 2023 © hawkesbury city council & hawkesbury events

Now making its preparations, the Street Fair will take up parts of Windsor Mall, Baker Street, and George Streets. Roving entertainment such as Santa and Mrs Claus, Candy Canes, and Gold Wings will keep the crowd engaged.

Starting at 5:00 PM, Channel 7 television host and MC for the night Candice Dixon. Welcome to Country and Mayor’s Welcome ceremony will kick off the fun at the George Street stage near Thompson Square.  

Artists and performances include GoldVocalsStudio, Kingdomcity Sydney, Bradshaw Dance and Cheer, Off Centre, Olivia Dustman, Turnbull Brothers Music – Spenser Turnbull, Creative Dance Academy, and Turnbull Brothers Music – Cooper Turnbull.

Girl With Light Up Windsor Find A Reindeer Passport
Girl with light up windsor find a reindeer passport © hawkesbury city council & hawkesbury events

After all the music, the Mayor will announce the winners of Windsor Passport and Business Windsor Shop Front.

The evening celebration will conclude in an illuminating manner with the most-awaited Christmas tree lighting at 9:00 at Windsor Mall North.

The ‘Find a Reindeer’ challenge returns, where people are tasked to find reindeer across the Fair to collect all the stamps with their passports from the Hawkesbury Visitor Information Centre at Clarendon.

The major prize for the challenge this year includes $100 vouchers for Richmond Regent Movie Theatre, Cricca Restaurant, Hillbill Cinder, and Hawkesbury Hamper and $50 vouchers for Twiins Ice–Creamery Richmond and Windsor Ten Pin Bowling.

Food will certainly not be in short supply as multiple businesses in and around Windsor Mall will remain open beyond closing hours to accommodate the crowd.

These include Windsor Chinese, The Bridge Café, 89 Thai Windsor, Cricca Restaurant, Mumma’s Melts, Hawkesbury Remakery, Clothing Store on Fitzgerald, Platter Belle’s, Le Pain, Undetected Rooftop Bar & Restaurant, and more.

Over 70 stalls will make up its roster, selling trinkets, treats, plants, clothes, scented candles and more. These include Amarii Boutique, Etching Mad, Jessica’s Delights, Cricca, Red Cup Resin, Bondi Smokehouse, Arvia Creations, LALA Crafts and more.

Light Up Windsor Market Stalls
Over 70 market stalls are expected to join this year’s street fair © hawkesbury city council & hawkesbury events

Light Up Windsor’s official website hosts a list of all confirmed businesses and market stalls attending the Street Fair on Saturday.  

Light Up Windsor Street Fair is run by the Hawkesbury City Council Events Team and is supported by the Hawkesbury City Council and Windsor Business Group. The Fair is sponsored by its Platinum Sponsor Windsor RSL, Gold Sponsor Western Sydney Airport, and Small Business sponsors Blossom Hair and Ray White Real Estate.  

Doors open at 5:00 PM and will remain as such until 9:00 PM. Pets are allowed as long as they are on leashes, while designated parking will be at Kable Street carpark via Kable Street and Macquarie Street in 26, The Terrace, in Windsor.  

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