As the South West heads into the festive season, Bunbury is set to become a Christmas lover’s haven as the ever-popular Christmas in the City returns for a massive two-day event. Christmas in the City will take over the Bunbury CBD on Saturday, December 10 with the Carols Concert and Festival at Bicentennial Square, along with the Hit 95.7 Street Parade on Sunday, December 11. The festive fun is set to kick off from 4pm on Saturday featuring food trucks, various activity stalls, circus skill workshops, rock climbing and bungee trampolines, an aerial performance by Natural Wings, and an outdoor screening of the popular Christmas film ‘The Santa Clause’ before the Carols Concert at the Graham Bricknell Memorial Music Shell from 7pm. The Carols Concert, always a hit with the crowds, will feature South Bunbury Primary School Choir, Dardanup Primary School Choir, Gracepella, John Standley, Top Jazz Ballet and the Bunbury Men of Song. Christmas in the City will then continue on Sunday from 6:30pm as the Hit 95.7 Street Parade is held in Bunbury CBD streets. In the midst of a plethora of fun and festive floats winding the streets of Bunbury, visitors are encouraged to grab a bite to eat from the local eateries before, after or during the parade and to get a good vantage point to watch it all unfold. Deputy Mayor Tresslyn Smith said it was great to see the City already buzzing in the lead-up to Christmas. “Christmas is such a family time of the year, whether you believe in the religious part or not, it is still a gathering of families and that’s why we’ve got all these events,” she said. “It’s terrific for Bunbury.” Along with Christmas in the City, there are plenty of fun activities and partner events across the City of Bunbury’s facilities in the lead-up to Christmas Day. Local and visitors are encouraged to drive, walk or BEAM their way through the Bunbury CBD from dusk each night to see the magical Christmas decorations and displays throughout the city, including a 12-metre, walk-through Christmas tree at Koombana Bay that lights up after the sun sets. Don’t forget to stop by Market Square in Marlston Hill to view the six-metre Christmas tree. The Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre will be facilitating the delivery of Community Christmas Cards throughout the month, along with hosting paper chain workshops. The Bunbury Public Library will host a Christmas-themed Teddy Bears Roadshow on December 8, along with a Christmas-themed online shopping workshop on December 12, and a craft, morning tea and movie session on December 15. Both venues, along with the Bunbury Wildlife Park, will also be hiding some mischievous elves for people to find throughout the month to go in the draw for a prize. Bunbury Regional Art Gallery will celebrate WA artists with a free Brunch @ BRAG on December 11 with food and drinks, live music and activities. Dunstan Street will also light up right before Christmas with a community Christmas Light display between December 22 and 24.