Christmas has come to High Street, Lower Hutt. From now until Christmas day come and visit the Southend of Lower Hutt where an abundance of Christmas trees will be on display in shop windows, feature in an art exhibition and be out on the street.
The Hutt Valley has always been known for Christmas lights, so come out and enjoy the summer evenings for an old fashioned stroll down the High Street, Queens Drive, Laings Road, Margaret Street and Dudley St for your festive Christmas fix!
Christmas on High, the brainchild of Southend Business Group wants to encourage you to spend some time visiting the City Centre this holiday season. Donned in Christmas colours, the street lights on High Street add a backdrop of festiveness to the Christmas trees. This year we wanted to offer a safe and easy way to enjoy Christmas activities in the city.
Christmas on High
Christmas on High has businesses creating a brand specific or themed Christmas tree, the bigger the better. Chair of Southend Business Group (SEBG), Michael Gray says “These trees will be in shops, in windows and on the footpath throughout the Southend area. The Southend Business Group is partnering with Hutt City Council to create a sense of festivity in the City Centre’s southend. SEBG is working with local businesses, local artists and the wider community to create a forest of Christmas trees to be on display from 1 December until Christmas.”
Street Art Trees
The local artistic community is adding their talents and time to Christmas on High with their own creative Christmas trees. A dozen or so 1.8m wooden Christmas trees will be installed around High Street painted by local mural/street artists to bring together the diversity of Lower Hutt through a Christmas tree.
Street Art Trees is the first of a multi-year plan to fill the City Centre with art inspired Christmas trees
Light up the Hutt
The annual Light up the Hutt window decorating competition for businesses located in the CBD is back again this year. Last year there were more than 25 businesses that created amazing windows which were judged by a Christmas loving expert. This year businesses are tasked with using Christmas trees and lights in their window for a chance to win ‘Best Light up the Hutt Christmas window’. The winner will have their December power bill paid for*! Last year the win went to Boys 2 Men Barbers on High Street. They put a huge effort into their design and were rewarded with $750 towards their power bill for December 2019.
Re-Tree, Creative Christmas Tree Pop-up Exhibition
Hutt City Council’s About Space Programme is bringing back Re-Tree, Central Hutt’s Christmas Tree Pop-up Exhibition. It will be running from 12-23 December in a pop up shop at 152 High Street, just to make sure there are enough Christmas trees for everyone. The space will be open to the public and is free to enter, pop in to view these unique Christmas trees created locally by people in the community.
Christmas this year will certainly be unique in light of COVID so the businesses in the City Centre want you to know we are in this together and invite you to come out and enjoy all of the Christmas trees in the City at your leisure. Join the Southend Business Group in sharing their festive spirit among the streets of Central Hutt.
And remember to #shoplocal and take some time for Christmas shopping and dining at the many local businesses along the street.
Check out facebook.com/AboutSpaceHuttcity for photos of Christmas in Central Hutt. Share photos of your favourite Christmas tree or trees. We will share those on the Southend Business Group web page for all to enjoy.