The Yass Valley SPIN Foundation Christmas Light Display is opening its doors this Friday, December 17.

Located at the Showground’s roundhouse pavilion, the display will be available to see from 6pm till 9:30pm through till Christmas Eve.

The roundhouse will be divided into different festive scenes including a Winter Wonderland, Santa’s Workshop, a nativity scene and an Aussie Christmas.

SPIN Foundation President Barry O’Mara said the inside displays are completed but the group are waiting till closer to Friday to finish the outside lights, so they aren’t damaged.

The outside decorations on the roundhouse were completed on the weekend when Chris Beck of Beck Tree Removal used his cherry picker to add exterior lighting.

Santa and his camera crew will make an appearance on Saturday, December 18 and Thursday, December 23 for Santa photos through Megan Cassidy or patrons are free to bring their own camera. The man in red may also make an appearance at the light display on other nights, but his photographer, Megan, will only accompany him for the two nights.

The SPIN Foundation’s Christmas Stocking raffle tickets will also be on sale at the display and will be drawn at the roundhouse on Thursday, December 23.

Entry to the event is by gold coin donation at the door to help support the wonderful efforts by volunteers to organise and run the event.

SPIN reached out to Linton Retirement Village and Yass Valley Aged Care to provide the opportunity for private viewing sessions for elderly residents.

“The elderly can come in and just go through at their leisure.”

Due to health concerns this allows the more vulnerable community members to see the Christmas lights without the hustle and bustle of the general public.

“It’s more of a community thing to bring the community together after what’s been a pretty horrid 18 months,” Barry said.

He said the group considered creating the light display last year but it was too difficult to organise with the on-again off-again nature of COVID-19 restrictions.

The display is sponsored by Yass Lions Club, Agnew Hire Yass Valley, Yass Show Society who are donating the use of the hall, and Beck Tree Removal Specialists who are aided SPIN in decorating.

“People from all walks of life have just offered to come and help,” Barry said.

“The public has been fantastic,” he said. “Overwhelming the response from the general public, it’s really good.”

“I’ve been to people’s houses and picked up trailer loads of stuff,” Barry said. “People have bought brand new stuff and donated.”

“I think that everyone’s just looking forward to it.”

Click going or interested on the Community Christmas Lights event Facebook page to stay updated.

 By Brianna O’Rourke