Christmas art brings holiday cheer

OPENING NIGHT: Sophie and Annabelle Koldenhof danced away to carols sang by the Desert Voices.
OPENING NIGHT: Sophie and Annabelle Koldenhof danced away to carols sang by the Desert Voices.

The Institute Theatre was brimming with holiday cheer this week for the annual Christmas Tree Festival.

From a tree made out of horseshoes to a tree decorated entirely with paper tomatoes, over 70 traditional and unconventional designs were entered this year.

The ‘Most Popular’ tree, as voted on by the public, was awarded to the Port Augusta Secondary School Yes Centre.

OPENING NIGHT: The Port Augusta Secondary School Yes Centre took out first place for their tree in a popularity vote by the public.

OPENING NIGHT: The Port Augusta Secondary School Yes Centre took out first place for their tree in a popularity vote by the public.

Event organiser Fran Paynter said they were deserving winners. “As soon as I saw that I hoped it would win,” Ms Paynter said. “It was absolutely incredible. It was the kids own work and they were so damn proud of themselves!”

Ms Paynter described the festival as the best one they’ve ever had.

“The support we got was phenomenal, there was a better variety of stuff and a better standard of work.”

Not only does the event raise Christmas spirit in the town, it also raises valuable funds for a worthy cause.

This year Miriam High Special Needs Centre received just under $800 in donations.

OPENING NIGHT: Reese Butler especially loved the Santa house display when he visited the tree festival.

OPENING NIGHT: Reese Butler especially loved the Santa house display when he visited the tree festival.