Christmas Cakes: Don’t have time to make a Christmas cake? You can buy a Lions Christmas cake at Meals on Wheels in Parkes – $13 for a small one and $17 for a large one. Just call 6862 6189 to place your order, or buy it from them during office hours at Unit 2/39 Currajong St (directly opposite the Parkes Police Station).
Launch of Shop Parkes Campaign: Parkes has your Christmas all wrapped up this year, with Shop Parkes Christmas campaign launching last week. Parkes Shire Council and Parkes Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to deliver the annual Shop Parkes this Christmas retail campaign, which aims to drive spend into the local economy over the festive season. The theme of this year’s campaign is to give a gift to the community by shopping locally, which dovetails well with the ‘Buy from the Bush’ viral social media movement. Parkes Shire Councillor Alan Ward said: “When we talk about drought it’s often in relation to the impact it has on the agricultural sector, less so about the devastating knock-on effects to the broader community. When you spend in town, not only is that a direct injection of dollars, it’s also a fantastic morale boost for our local business owners and operators.” Parkes Chamber of Commerce President Geoff Rice said: “For that hard-to-buy-for friend, family member or colleague, Shop Parkes Gift Cards may be the answer. The cards can be spent at over 70 local businesses throughout the Parkes Shire, providing a convenient gifting solution while keeping shopping dollars local in the Parkes region.” To find out more about the Shop Parkes this Christmas campaign, head to www.visitparkes.com.au.
Christmas Parade: Christmas events are in full swing in Parkes and tonight a festive atmosphere will reign in the CBD with 30 floats taking part in the annual Christmas Parade down Clarinda Street at 6pm. After the parade, festivities will continue with a carnival in Cooke Park with 44 stalls featuring only locals and including everyone from local retailers, interest groups, sports clubs and service organisations for the Parkes community to see what they do and how they can get involved. There will be entertainment on the stage, and an opportunity for local clubs and associations to show the Parkes community what is available in our town.