Ten-metre Christmas tree to be unveiled in Katoomba

Katoomba is spruced and sparkling in preparation for the big reveal of its giant new Christmas tree on Thursday.

Katoomba Chamber volunteers have been out in force garlanding and baubling Katoomba Street alongside council workers re-laying broken bricks, straightening bent rails and buffing bins.

Last week, the two work teams came together in a cherry picker at dawn to festoon the clock arch.

Volunteer decorator and gift shop owner Louise Florence said: "We've had lovely comments about the street's festive look. The new Christmas tree will be the crowning glory."

The 10 metre star-spangled tree has been purchased for the town by the Katoomba Chamber of Commerce & Community.

The tree lights will be switched on at a community Gala in Carrington Place on Thursday.

Chamber president, Mark Jarvis, said: "We invite the whole community to come and enjoy the entertainment, watch our tree be illuminated and buy a Blaze Aid sausage sandwich."

The sausage sizzle by local RFS brigades will raise money for the victims of bushfires around the country. The chamber is covering the cost of ingredients and materials.

Gala director Gary Godkin said the celebrations start at 6pm with performances by students from Katoomba, North Katoomba, Korowal and St Canice's primary schools and local choir Crowd Around.

Christmas cheer: Team effort by Katoomba Chamber and Blue Mountains Council to decorate the clock arch

Christmas cheer: Team effort by Katoomba Chamber and Blue Mountains Council to decorate the clock arch

Mr Godkin advised that "despite his hectic schedule, Santa has found time for a dramatic entrance and some ho-ho-hoing at our gala".

"I am sworn to secrecy but there will also be a surprise finale when the tree lights up at 8pm."

ABC Classic FM presenter Damien Beaumont will be master of ceremonies and conductor for a community and choir carolling session.