Festive treasures on the terrace

Francesca MannGeraldton Guardian
Five-year-old twins Olivia and Stella Ross show off their festive face paint at Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16).
Camera IconFive-year-old twins Olivia and Stella Ross show off their festive face paint at Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16). Credit: Francesca Mann The Geraldton Guardian

Marine Terrace was transformed into a festive wonderland earlier this month for the third annual Christmas on the Terrace.

More than 4000 people headed down to celebrate the festive season, with the main street lined with stalls selling locally made products, live music and family-friendly activities.

Smee, Elizabeth and Einar Firebeard from the Medieval re-enactment group, Twin River Guard at Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16).
Camera IconSmee, Elizabeth and Einar Firebeard from the Medieval re-enactment group, Twin River Guard at Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16). Credit: Francesca Mann The Geraldton Guardian
A goat from a petting zoo getting into the festive spirit at Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16).
Camera IconA goat from a petting zoo getting into the festive spirit at Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16). Credit: Jon Solmundson The Geraldton Guardian
A goat from a petting zoo getting into the festive spirit at Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16).
Camera IconA goat from a petting zoo getting into the festive spirit at Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16). Credit: Jon Solmundson The Geraldton Guardian

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said this year’s Christmas on the Terrace was a huge success.

Local musician Julian Webb serenades the crowd at the Funtavia launch and pop-up bar during Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16).
Camera IconLocal musician Julian Webb serenades the crowd at the Funtavia launch and pop-up bar during Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16). Credit: Francesca Mann The Geraldton Guardian

“A big credit goes to all our local retailers and stallholders who really got into the spirit and helped make the event what it is.

Sarah “Sassquatch” Taillier, Rox “RV Rocket” Grant, Rose “Conquer Nut” Holdaway and Stacey “Leah Tard” O’Keefe from the Sin City Rollers Geraldton Roller Derby Team at Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16).
Camera IconSarah “Sassquatch” Taillier, Rox “RV Rocket” Grant, Rose “Conquer Nut” Holdaway and Stacey “Leah Tard” O’Keefe from the Sin City Rollers Geraldton Roller Derby Team at Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16). Credit: Jon Solmundson The Geraldton Guardian
Local musician Julian Webb serenades the crowd at the Funtavia launch and pop-up bar during Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16).
Camera IconLocal musician Julian Webb serenades the crowd at the Funtavia launch and pop-up bar during Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16). Credit: Francesca Mann The Geraldton Guardian
The Geraldton City Band playing festive tunes at Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16).
Camera IconThe Geraldton City Band playing festive tunes at Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16). Credit: Francesca Mann The Geraldton Guardian

Geraldton’s Fringe World Festival, Funtavia, was officially launched at Christmas on the Terrace, with a large crowd gathering in the laneway pop-up bar between the ACDC gallery and Headspace.

Bob Middler, Michael Shave and Richard Porter from The Menshed Geraldton at Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16).
Camera IconBob Middler, Michael Shave and Richard Porter from The Menshed Geraldton at Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16). Credit: Jon Solmundson The Geraldton Guardian
Sarah “Sassquatch” Taillier, Rox “RV Rocket” Grant, Rose “Conquer Nut” Holdaway and Stacey “Leah Tard” O’Keefe from the Sin City Rollers Geraldton Roller Derby Team at Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16).
Camera IconSarah “Sassquatch” Taillier, Rox “RV Rocket” Grant, Rose “Conquer Nut” Holdaway and Stacey “Leah Tard” O’Keefe from the Sin City Rollers Geraldton Roller Derby Team at Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16). Credit: Jon Solmundson The Geraldton Guardian

During the launch, local comedians had two minutes to pitch their Funtavia show to the crowd, offering a taste test of what to expect in February.

With 27 performances jam-packed into three days, Creative producer Julian Canny said it would be tough picking what to see.

The Geraldton City Band playing festive tunes at Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16).
Camera IconThe Geraldton City Band playing festive tunes at Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16). Credit: Francesca Mann The Geraldton Guardian

“We’ve made it so you can’t physically go to everything,” he said. “Mostly because we love FOMO (fear of missing out), but also because we’re evil.”

The winners of the City of Greater Geraldton’s Banner Photography Competition were also announced during the event.

As Louis Canny plays the piano at Christmas on the Terrace, a small crowd gathers to watch.
Camera IconAs Louis Canny plays the piano at Christmas on the Terrace, a small crowd gathers to watch. Credit: Francesca Mann The Geraldton Guardian
Bob Middler, Michael Shave and Richard Porter from The Menshed Geraldton at Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16).
Camera IconBob Middler, Michael Shave and Richard Porter from The Menshed Geraldton at Christmas on the Terrace last Thursday (8/12/16). Credit: Jon Solmundson The Geraldton Guardian

Sixteen people won the #whyiloveGero category and 11 Mid West locals took out the whyiloveMully category.

The banners will be hung along Marine Terrace in Geraldton and Jose Street in Mullewa.

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