• Tony Bosworth

Christmas comes to the Hawkesbury with the Light Up Windsor Festival and annual street fair


You know Christmas is on its way when roving cheeky elves are making fun in Windsor Mall and there are snow flurries in the night sky.


Christmas in Windsor - archive picture


Light Up Windsor Festival officially begins from this evening when it will include a light projection display on the Deerubbin Centre and the Old Hawkesbury Hospital, every night from now through to Christmas Eve, 8pm to 10pm.


The projections will be Christmas-themed with a local historical element featuring on the back of the old hospital.


And from today – Saturday – in Windsor Mall there will be Roving Cheeky Elves, free face painting and snow flurries.


Windsor Mall and George Street will fully come to life this Wednesday from 5pm to 9pm with the annual street fair.


There will be roaming entertainment throughout the evening, including illuminated hula hoopers and stilt walking elves.


On the main stage there will be local musicians, dance school performances, and an elf drumming, and hula stage show from 6.40pm.


Throughout the evening there will also be free face painting and snow flurries outside Guy Stuff on the Mall from 6pm – 6.30pm, 7pm – 7.30pm and 8pm – 8.30pm.



From top, regular snow flurries outside Guy Stuff, hula hoop performer, Loden House all lit up - archive pictures


With more than 50 stalls offering Christmas decorations, home-wares, pet gifts, handmade jewellery and more, plus many of the Windsor Mall shops open for trading, Light Up Windsor will be a great opportunity for a spot of last-minute Christmas shopping.


Local cafes and restaurants will also be open, alongside carnival food vendors.


And there will be a very special visit during the evening from Santa and his special elf helper.


Meanwhile, visitors to the Deerubbin Centre will be able to take part in interactive colour-by-numbers style street art.


The Deerubbin Centre garden will feature festive chalk art on the pavement. Get along there and add your mark to this community art piece that will remain on display throughout the Christmas season.


The Hawkesbury Central Library and Hawkesbury Regional Gallery will be open until 8pm on Wednesday during the light projections.


Visit and Come explore both venues, and you could be one of the first lucky 20 people to receive a special Christmas pack. You can also buy last-minute gifts at the gallery shop.


There will be additional pop-up entertainment for families who come out to enjoy the lights, including


  • Today - Saturday December 18 - Roving Cheeky Elves and free face painting and snow flurries

  • Wednesday December 22 - Snow flurries

  • Thursday December 23 - Free face painting

  • Friday December 24 - Free face painting and candy cane roving entertainment


Hawkesbury Council received $60,500 from the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grant and $22,000 from Destination Sydney Surrounds North to create light projections on buildings in Windsor to contribute to the Light Up Windsor Festival.


This project received grant funding from the Australian Government. Austrade administers the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery grants program.


Light Up Windsor is presented with the Windsor Business Group, with sponsorship from Windsor RSL.





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