Glen Innes jumps into the festive season with Christmas in the Highlands markets

The Glen Innes community turned out in force last week to celebrate the festive season at the annual Christmas in the Highlands event.

Grey Street was filled with a myriad of stall holders on Thursday, November 26 for the Christmas in the Highlands event, providing the community with an impressive selection of unique holiday gifts to fill Christmas stockings.

The Town Square was decked out with Christmas decorations, with the community enchanted by the spectacular sights when the Christmas lights were turned on, while children were surprised by the special appearance of Santa towards the end of the night.

Local businesses stayed open for late night shopping, proving further opportunity for community members to spend local and support local businesses.

During the event, the first draw of the Spend In Glen promotion took place, with the first 10 winners named.

Each of the winners received a $250 gift card to spend locally. They were drawn by local businessman Jim Ritchie and scrutineered by Lyn Stewart.

The winners were Debbie Pearce who spent at Schafer's, Pat Fenton who spent at The Premier Store, Patty Maskey who spent at Coles, Jenine Hume who spent at Carelles, Graham Stewart who spent at Schafer's, Tom Faithfull who spent at Betta Home Living Electrical, Bill Mataias who spent at Bruce Family Butchery, Debra Marshall who spent at JVS Hair and Beauty Care, Kim Yarnold who spent at Coles and Tina Gough who spent at Betta Home Living Electrical.

Spend in Glen coordinator Moira Munro said they had more entries that they could have expected.

"It is wonderful that the town has continued to support the promotion," she said.

The next draw will take place in Town Square on Saturday, December 5 out of the monster barrel that will be required to hold all the entries.