Debate may still be raging about the axing of Perth’s annual tree-lighting ceremony but the city will still be awash with lights this Christmas.
The City of Perth’s Christmas “lights trail” opens tonight , kicking off five weeks of lighting installations aimed at encouraging visitors — and would-be Christmas shoppers — into the CBD.
The installations include a “deconstructed Christmas tree” at Elizabeth Quay with lights designed to flicker in time to Christmas tunes, a 24m light tunnel at Northbridge Piazza and 20 giant candles in Hay Street mall.
The 13m-high Christmas tree that is traditionally erected in Forrest Place has been moved to Murray Street mall.
The city’s nativity scene has been moved to the Supreme Court gardens.
Announcing the changes to the city’s Christmas plans this week, Acting Lord Mayor Jemma Green said the trail would feature 16 different “mesmerising festive installations” for all ages.
Tonight’s launch includes a Christmas market and a visit from Santa.
The tree-lighting ceremony was dropped for safety concerns.