Lighting up the city center this Christmas

D999 22 December 2010 6

25 kilometres of brightly shining fairy lights will decorate the streets of Canberra’s center this Christmas.

The lights are switched on each evening at dusk and bring a sense of atmosphere and Christmas cheer.

“We’ve been lighting the city’s trees for the past three Christmas seasons,” said Linda Staite CEO of Canberra CBD Ltd. “This year we have rolled out more lights than ever before.

“They are popular with local businesses and all the people who come to the city at night. They bring out the beauty of our city center by accentuating the tree lined streets.

“We now have approximately 25,000 metres of lights in the city and we will continue to add more in years to come.”

The lights source their power from the street lights and are not harmful to the trees in which they decorate.

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6 Responses to Lighting up the city center this Christmas
mouthface mouthface 1:35 am 25 Dec 10

Wow the lights sure are pretty, but the creepy thing is there are no people in the pics. Makes you wonder why those poor folks at Canberra CBD even bothered…

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 1:56 pm 22 Dec 10

And there was I thinking the story was about some distant North American city, and I find out it’s closer to home, though where this ‘center’ is I am scratching my noggin… perhaps it’s somewhere near the abysmally named Centerpoint near the merry go round?

D2 D2 11:05 am 22 Dec 10

Use Australian English on your spelling checker.

But yeah – nice!

deye deye 10:16 am 22 Dec 10

I wouldn’t really call them Christmas lights considering they are on practically all year round – not that that is a bad thing.

astrojax astrojax 10:06 am 22 Dec 10

americans also spell it ‘center’ – australians don’t…

but noice!

EvanJames EvanJames 9:29 am 22 Dec 10

Very pretty indeed. The Americans decorate every bare street tree with festoons of tiny bud lights, and the effect is quite lovely, in the snow. Here there are leaves on the trees which changes the task somewhat. They have done a wonderful job with this.

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