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Christmas in the Outback


Kylae, Jezaya, and Kali-Rae Kelly with Santa Claus and and his elves. Photo TWH

Christmas celebrations in Bourke were in full swing on the weekend and were kicked off by the ‘Christmas in the Park’ celebration, hosted by Maranguka and Bourke Shire Council.

A huge crowd turned out in Bourke Central Park this year to celebrate and to bestow some Christmas cheer upon each other.

The stalls were a plenty, with local crafts, business, and food stalls, manned by Bourke’s amazing schools.

There was a fantastic stall with Arts from Cunnamulla and plenty of gifts to buy.

It was great to see such a variety of stalls on display, and even better to see a big crowd to support one another. There was something for everyone.

Sally Davis from Kahmoo Station Kitchen delighted the shoppers with her homemade Christmas Cakes. Her late father-in-law was famous for his Christmas Cakes slabs, so Sally took what she learned from him, and condensed them into a smaller version, keeping the tradition of the family Christmas Cake alive.

The children were lucky enough to have face painting and slides to occupy their time, whilst they eagerly awaited the arrival of Santa Clause.

Santa didn’t disappoint arriving in style in Bourke’s own Fire Truck driven by Captain John Milgate. The Elves assisted Santa with all the little boys and girls who wanted to have their photo taken with him, delving into the Santa sack for a small gift.

The weather was as perfect as the evening was for all involved in the festivities.


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