Trees to stay dressed for the week
BUSINESSES on Mary Street pulled out the winter woollies and warmed up for this year's Winter Trees Festival in Gympie on Wednesday.
The Festival saw the trees swaddled in wool and lighting up the night, thanks to the combined efforts of business leaders and the Gympie Regional Council.
Bella Casa Gympie owner Tony Goodman said residents could look forward to a host of new additions to the celebration, including an Artist Trail running through the street.
"Eight different groups of artists will be at various spots," Mr Goodman said.
"And a little map guide is going to be at every stall telling people where to go to the next one."
The festival will also host 25 growers market stalls, 40 shops, cafes pubs and wine bars will be open, and several wineries from the South Burnett region will be setting up a Wine Trail.
Other festivities on the night include the James Nash 50 piece band, horse and cart rides, buskers, and a beanie and mitten competition for the creative types who are ready to rug up.
The celebrations will lead up to the Big Switch On, which will see Mayor Mick Curran flip the switch at 5:45pm and unveil the light displays decorated throughout the street.
Guests will then be introduced to designer Cindy Vogels, who will be followed by live performances from Gympie's local theatre troupes.
Mr Goodman is thrilled with the success the festival has become, growing to attract more than 4,000 people since it's inception.
"I'm just so grateful that the community are embracing it," he said.
"The feedback from the community has just been unbelievable. It's exceeded beyond my wildest dreams, really, I never thought it would become this big."
It's a success he hopes to see continue in the future.
"The whole idea to me is just keep improving it."