Romsey Christmas spirit shines bright

Romsey Scouts at the main street Christmas tree display (supplied).

The Christmas spirit is well and truly underway in Romsey, with the main street lit up once again with a festive tree display.

Residents and visitors have been enjoying the Christmas in Romsey festival, which is in its eighth year, and includes the display and community carols.

The display was recently installed with dozens of community groups and businesses decorating tree frames, which are now solar illuminated along the main street.

The large Community Christmas Tree has a hand painted stained glass look with over 6000 globes of illumination inside it, and since its inception, has inspired similar initiatives in Riddells Creek, Darraweit Guim and Kyneton.

This year’s Romsey community carols will be held at the Romsey Primary School north oval on Saturday, due to the space constraints of the skate park with last year’s huge attendance.

Eastern Macedon Ranges Business and Tourism Association (EMRBATA), Bendigo Bank and Macedon Ranges council are supporting the festival, and the carols, which includes food vans from 6pm and the carols to commence at 7pm.

EMRBATA spokesperson Jenny Stillman said it is set to be another wonderful year for the community event.

“This non-denominational, family-friendly and inclusive carols event continues to grow and demonstrates the community desire for such an opportunity to gather and be entertained,” she said.

“We are very grateful for the support of the local community bank branch of the Bendigo Bank and Macedon Ranges council.”

The main street illuminations nights were previously supported by the state government’s COVID-relief funding, but have been “rested” this year.

Ms. Stillman said hopefully there will be sponsorship or grant opportunities in the future to allow this element to return next year.