The planned unveiling of a 10-metre tall Christmas tree in the gardens of the Carrington Hotel at Katoomba hit a slight snag last Thursday - the wind.
With gusts of more than 70km/h whipping through the Upper Mountains, it was just too dangerous to put up.
But a two-part tree wasn't enough to dampen the enthusiasm of the large crowd who enjoyed music from students at several of the local schools before an appearance by Santa.
MC and Katoomba local, Damien Beaumont, from ABC Classic FM, kept proceedings running along smoothly. A sausage sizzle and cake stall raised funds for Blaze Aid.
The good news: By Friday morning, the wind had died sufficiently to get the two-pieced tree together and it now towers over Carrington Place.