Devonport City Council will be celebrating Christmas a little differently this year, with fun, family friendly activities and events planned to be held throughout the City during December.
A report will be considered at the upcoming Council meeting on Monday 26 October, detailing an update on the events planned for December.
Council, in conjunction with a number of community groups and service organisations, is planning a number of activities, programs and events which will provide for Christmas festivities to be enjoyed throughout the City. The community can look forward to a Christmas lights festival, free family movies on the big screen, a Santa tour through Devonport, the traditional Christmas tree panels in the mall, the Don Twilight Christmas Market and festive window displays. There will also be online activities and competitions including an online pet parade.
COVID-19 has impacted many events throughout the state, and at the August Council meeting it was determined to cancel the usual Devonport New Year’s Eve event, and also to cancel the 2020 Christmas Parade should the capacity of outdoor events not be lifted from 500 people, before the necessary planning commences.
Whilst the State Government recently announced the capacity of outdoor events being lifted from 500 to 1,000 people, this is still insufficient to support the scheduling of a Christmas parade, which typically attracts several thousand patrons. Social Distancing requirements are still in place, and these would have a significant impact on the ability to run the parade safely and impact on the enjoyment of the community.