Photos by James Beech.
The first large Christmas tree to brighten Queenstown in
more than 17 years drew smiles of approval from Wakatipu
Queenstown Lakes District Council arts and events facilitator
Jan Maxwell stands beside the new $25,000 Christmas tree on
the Village Green.
The decorated artificial tree came in response to years of
gripes from residents and visitors that the council failed to
enter into the Christmas spirit as much as it should.
A dozen staff from the council, tree supplier Celebrations
Group, of Auckland, and Central Scaffolding installed the
7.4m tree yesterday.
Mrs Maxwell said the tree was intended to be the centrepiece
of Queenstown's festive celebrations, with a carol service to
be held around it on a date yet to be confirmed.
Arrowtown would have wreaths installed this week and a tree
with gold decorations placed on the town's village green next
Wanaka flags would be installed soon and extra lighting of
the community tree was included in this year's budget, the