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Hamilton Christmas event on hiatus

Hamilton’s annual community Christmas event Trees at the Meteor will take a break for 2019 and return in 2020.

A family-friendly community event, Trees at the Meteor is a showcase of what Christmas means to Hamilton, with people invited to craft their own Christmas tree and exhibit them to the public with walk-through viewings at The Meteor Theatre on Victoria St.

“Trees at the Meteor has been going for 11 years with a huge team of volunteers and a core group of organisers that do lots of work behind the scenes,” says event organiser Darise MacKenzie of Incedo.

“It’s not just the nights of the show. It takes days before and after for setup and pack-down and then there are months before that spent planning, talking to sponsors, finding volunteers, marketing, Facebooking, advertising, sorting out the displays, finding volunteers…”

It is because of this the Indeco team behind the event have decided take some time out from the event to refresh and regroup so they can bring Trees at the Meteor back bigger and brighter than ever in 2020.

The Meteor and the One Victoria Trust are backing the Trees at the Meteor team whole-heartedly.

“It’s sad news for all the hundreds of tree makers in the community but we support the Indeco team’s decision,” says Deb Nudds, The Meteor’s Theatre Manager.

“It’s a huge job to pull this event together and it’s understandable they need a little time out in 2019.”

“It is not the end, it is a just a break,” says MacKenzie.

The One Victoria Trust and Meteor team have assured the public The Meteor will not be void of Christmas spirit this December.

“We are happy to announce there will be several community Christmas events taking place in the theatre such as Christmas carolling, a Christmas celebration for our users and a Christmas comedy improv event.

“It’s been a great journey so far and we’d like to thank so many of you for making Trees [at the Meteor] the success it’s been over the last 11 years,” say MacKenzie. “Let’s enjoy this Christmas season and look forward to a fresh start in 2020.”

For details on The Meteor’s upcoming Christmas events, Hamiltonians are advised to keep an eye on The Meteor website, newsletter and social media for announcements.

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