Nelson’s Christmas banners will be back this week. Photo: File.

Christmas decorations to go up this week

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The banners will be back but there will also be some new elements in Nelson’s 2018 Christmas display.

The decorations will go up at the end of this week with Nelson City Council allocating a total budget of $70,000, which allows for constructing, installing and maintaining the displays.

A council spokesperson says they are reusing what they can from the $100,000 investment they made last Christmas as well as introducing some new components.

The summer banners and tree wraps will be back in the inner-city streets. The decorations couldn’t be hung up any earlier as some of the floats from Sunday’s Santa Parade were “quite high” and wouldn’t have been able to pass under the banners.

A new Christmas tree will light up 1903 Square in upper Trafalgar St, featuring a lighting display from the Light Nelson team. Another Light Nelson installation will be on the Church Steps and the Cathedral bell tower will be illuminated. The clock tower at Civic House will also be running a lighting display.

The “Catch a Star” installation by Lee Woodman is on display again in the Cathedral, where there are also plans for a large nativity scene.

Locals can expect to see some of the characters appearing around the city as they make their way there in the lead up to Christmas.

Uniquely Nelson is also working closely with central city businesses on initiatives, such as carol singing performances in the two weeks prior to Christmas, Christmas trees outside shops and lighting displays projecting on to the footpath outside shops on Bridge St.