Let It Glow: Prince Albert Street Ready To Party!
IT'S FAST BECOME ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE FESTIVE TRADITIONS - AND THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS PARTY ON PRINCE ALBERT STREET IS BACK AGAIN THIS YEAR, PROMISING TO BE BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER, AS ANNA USHER REPORTS.
It’s the street event that puts any Griswold Christmas party to shame, with more than 100 dress circle homes decked out in spectacular lighting, to celebrate the holiday season.
And after months of planning, all is in readiness for the Prince Albert St gathering, set to take place on Sunday December 17th.
Organiser Pam Longstaff said this year, the event will raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, providing a wonderful opportunity for local families to help children in need.
"It is really only possible to put this event on, thanks to Councillor Simon Menzies and Mosman Council - along with the incredibly generous financial support of lead sponsor McGrath Mosman - and our supporting partners Mosman Toyota and Mosman IGA," Pam said.
"Then there are the wonderful community groups like Mosman Lions, Mosman Rotary, Mosman and North Sydney SES, who volunteer their services - and our friends at Taronga Zoo who provide free parking.
"And lets not forget the Prince Albert St residents, who spend countless hours decorating their homes for all to enjoy!"
“The street party is our chance to give back to the community and to help those less fortunate than ourselves,” Pam told Mosman Collective.
“We raised $20,000 last year – and with any luck we’ll beat that figure on December 17th.
“The support from our local residents, businesses and volunteer groups is truly incredible,” she said.
"IS YOUR HOUSE ON FIRE, CLARK?"
"No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights."
- National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Prince Albert St will be closed to traffic from Queen St to Whiting Beach Rd between 7pm-10pm, allowing visitors to enjoy the colourful residential displays, numerous food stalls and entertainment.
“This year there are a number of exciting, new culinary options for both kids and adults,” Pam said.
Along with the ever-popular sausage sizzles, provided by Mosman Lions and Mosman Rotary, expect to be tempted by wood fired pizza from Pizza Picchio, Four Frogs signature crepes and icy treats from Gelato Messina.
A special appearance from Santa, raffles run by Mosman Hockey and Mosman Netball, and free parking provided by Taronga Zoo will cap off the evening, which is expected to draw thousands of people.
"It truly is one of the most special local events on the calendar," Pam said.
“We will also have our local musicians busking on the street and lots of houses hosting cake and craft stalls,” Pam said.
“I think the most heart-warming thing is seeing the way our local kids embrace this event and many of them are already busy collecting money for our chosen charity.
“Little girls and boys are baking cupcakes and making decorations to sell on the night – it is a true display of the Christmas spirit in action,” she said.
With the street party steadily growing in numbers each year, the focus is very much on “keeping it local”, providing a chance for the wider community to connect and catch up with neighbours and friends.
“We lead such busy lives and by keeping this a community based event, it allows residents to see each-other in a relaxed, low key way just a few days before Christmas,” Pam said.
“And of course, it is so wonderful to see the children from our local schools mixing with each other, enjoying the lights and fundraising for people in need.
“We are incredibly lucky and fortunate to live in this part of Sydney and we take nothing for granted,” Pam said. “And it just goes to show that even by doing something small, like inviting the community to enjoy the Christmas lights – you can make a big impact.”