Christmas angel view

Queenstown's new Christmas tree after it was  erected yesterday. At the base of the tree, and banishing the spectre of no Christmas cheer in Queenstown, are Susan Tapper, left, Graham Millar and Queenstown Lakes District Council arts and events facilitator Jan Maxwell.
Queenstown's new Christmas tree after it was erected yesterday. At the base of the tree, and banishing the spectre of no Christmas cheer in Queenstown, are Susan Tapper, left, Graham Millar and Queenstown Lakes District Council arts and events facilitator Jan Maxwell.

Queenstowners begging for some Christmas spirit have a new 7.4 metre Christmas tree to gather and sing around, thanks to the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

The council logged numerous emails and phone calls over past years saying that they did not get into the Christmas spirit, and this year responded by "thoroughly looking into" options to boost Christmas cheer in the resort.

To combat the accusations of being a grinch, the new tree was purchased, but with a slightly penny-pinching scrooge-ish outlook.

The council's arts and events facilitator, Jan Maxwell, said the tree would have a life span of at least 10 years.

"Having thoroughly looked into it, in terms of duration and life span this is one of the best value for money purchases that you can make in the decoration scheme of things. All going well, the tree will hopefully move to Wanaka next year with another gifted tree to be installed at Queenstown."

Other main centres in the council's patch will not miss out on Christmas decorations either, with Arrowtown getting matching gold-themed wreaths and a tree installed over the next two weeks in the Village Green. In Wanaka, flags and extra lighting of the tree have been budgeted for.

The Southland Times