Shining stars are adding a little extra cheer to Waitaki’s Christmas trees this year.
For the second year in a row, the Waitaki District Council has erected three giant Christmas trees in the district.
Kurow’s tree went up on Monday, followed by Oamaru’s on Tuesday, both sponsored by Network Waitaki, and Palmerston’s on Wednesday.
Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher said it was exciting to see the trees go up, with the addition of a star this year.
‘‘Probably the most common comment [last year] was ‘the trees are great but they need a star’,’’ Mr Kircher said.
‘‘We’ve definitely added that.’’
Since the trees went up, several people had been spotted taking family photos by the them, and Mr Kircher said spreading some Christmas cheer was more important than ever.
The prolonged effects of Covid›19 were felt by everyone and the trees added extra hope, he said.
‘‘With just how long things have been going on for and with so many cancelled events, to still be able to have trees up is a pretty awesome thing.
‘‘The overwhelming response has been so positive; people are enjoying seeing a bit of Christmas cheer.’’
An event had been planned for the official lighting of Oamaru’s Christmas tree, but had been cancelled due to Covid›19 regulations. Instead, on Wednesday night, the council live-streamed the lighting of the tree on social media for everyone to watch.
Mr Kircher said it was pleasing some kind of event could still happen and people could watch it online.
Last year 400 people attended the lighting of the tree, which featured live entertainment and a free sausage sizzle.