It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Bordertown

TREE: Bordertown Christmas Street Party committee members Samantha Tink (left) and Natalie Moore standing in front of Bordertown's community Christmas tree in Apex Park.
TREE: Bordertown Christmas Street Party committee members Samantha Tink (left) and Natalie Moore standing in front of Bordertown's community Christmas tree in Apex Park.

People across the country are now starting to reflect on how quickly the year has gone, as Christmas fast approaches.

In Bordertown, the town's Christmas markets and Christmas Street Party will make their return on December 13, the first time the events have been held simultaneously.

The theme for this year's event is 'Christmas in Australia'.

The Christmas markets have grown a significant following over the last couple of years, with various local stalls providing fantastic products in the Tatiara Civic Centre.

While the markets have quickly made their name as a must attend event, the town's street party has been a longstanding tradition for a number of Bordertown families.

Bordertown Christmas Street Party committee member Natalie Moore said the decision to combine the two events, along with bringing the date forward, is to encourage locals to shop locally.

"It used to be held around Christmas eve every year - this year we've changed it and made it earlier to try help locals shop locally," Mrs Moore said.

With most of Woolshed Street being shut off for the event, a lot of the nearby traders will keep their shops open, allowing for late-night shopping.

Mrs Moore said bringing the event's date forward has provided numerous benefits, stating it has allowed the committee to organise more entertainment, with there being fewer options closer to Christmas.

"There will be food stalls, games, a jumping castle, face-painting, Mini-Masters Games, music and the bike parade - Santa will also be coming as well," Mrs Moore said.

"The entry forms for the bike parade are available at the Tatiara District Council office, Sport 'N' Moore or they can do it through our Facebook page."

Volunteers, along with help from Tatiara District Council, have put in a mountain of work to organise the annual event.

Mrs Moore said not everyone has been a fan of the date change, but she hopes people can support what is expected to be a well-attended event.

"This purely a trial just to see how it goes combing the two, if it doesn't work then we'll change it next year," Mrs Moore.

More information about both events can be found on the 'Christmas Street Party' and 'Bordertown Christmas Market' Facebook pages. The event starts at 5pm on December 13 and will go late into the night.