CHRISTMAS CHEER: Family festivities begin this weekend at the Granite Belt Christmas Tree Farm. Pic: Adam Head.
CHRISTMAS CHEER: Family festivities begin this weekend at the Granite Belt Christmas Tree Farm. Pic: Adam Head.

BEST XMAS EVER: How to bring the cheer this holiday season

Christmas is coming to the Southern Downs where residents have ample opportunities to create the merriest of memories.

Make your December worthy of its own cheesy Netflix special with a flurry of festive activities guaranteed to guide you to the best Christmas ever.


Create Christmas cheer at home with the fresh scent of a pine tree from the Granite Belt Christmas Farm.

Families are invited to enter a wonderful world of Christmas cheer when the farm opens its 2019 harvest season this weekend.

No pre-orders are necessary. Simply visit the farm at 321 Aerodrome Rd in Applethorpe, point to the jolliest tree you can find, and staff will cut it down and bag it up for easy transportation.

Prices start at $65 for 5ft trees, with sizes going all the way up to 10ft for $115.

Additional decorations can be found in their airconditioned Christmas store, with everything from mistletoe-scented candles to snow-globe lanterns available.

if you aren’t the type to decorate your own home, keep an eye out for future issues of the Warwick Daily News where we will provide a full list of the best Christmas lights in the region.


Door-to-door carollers are a seldom-sighted treat during the modern-day Christmas season, but luckily choirs can be counted on to choral the crowds at a number of Southern Downs events.

Allora Carols in the Country promises the warmth of a small town Christmas, providing the community the chance to gather for a night of festive music and entertainment.

Santa will be attending this year’s celebration, with a small surprise to give each child that has made the nice list.

This event will be held on Saturday, December 14 from 5 – 8pm at Stuart Henry Park.

Santa may also be sighted at Carols in the Park at Queen’s Park on Sunday, December 8 from 5 – 8pm, where he will accompany choirs, food vans and farm animals.

But if those events leave you wanting to belt out your own Christmas cheer, the Criterion Hotel is where you should head next.

Their Christmas Karaoke on Saturday, December 14 at 8.30pm promises the gift of Christmas spirit with prizes for the best dressed and the best singer.


The clock is ticking to order the perfect Christmas spread for your family. Buy locally to ensure the Christmas spirit spreads to the pockets of our drought-stricken farmers this season.

Happy Pig Farm in Stanthorpe offers fresh wood smoked hams from $19 per kg and can be contacted on 0411 988 415. Over at Echo Valley Farms the traditional smoked leg hams have sold out, but rolled shoulder hams are still on offer. To make your order call 0409 030 182


Christmas is a time for giving. Drought and fire severely affected Southern Downs families this year, leaving some with little money to spend during the holiday season.

Local charities have sprung up to assist so now is the time to dig deep and help wherever you can.

Best Employment started a Christmas hamper drive, where businesses are encouraged to bring a hamper to the office and allow staff members to fill it up with goodies. These hampers will then be donated to families doing it tough this season.

For more information contact 07 4660 2900

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