Moruya lights up this week with late night shopping Thursday and Friday

The Moruya CBD will see a burst of colour over three nights leading up to Christmas. Moruya Business Chamber has teamed up with River of Art Festival to create a drawcard event that appeals to every person, local or visitor. With 45 businesses and the Moruya Museum taking part in Luminous, two of the evenings (17th and 18th) will see just about every business stay open until late, with artists live-painting on easels, artisans selling wares at street stalls and musicians busking until 9pm. The third evening will feature the main street being beautifully lit up to appreciate the architecture and local businesses opting to trade later if they wish.

Live art and busking activities will commence at 5pm on Thursday 17th December, with a Welcome to Country at 7:30pm and short speeches following to formally launch to be held on the Courthouse Lawn, Vulcan Street Moruya, when the lights will be switched on. The Moruya and District Historical Society will be opening up its doors late on Campbell Street for the public to experience a ‘night at the museum’. Moruya Business Chamber President, Mr Tim Dalrymple, says the event is about remembering the hardships of the community over the last 12 months, and especially during the bushfires of last summer, but it’s also about celebrating what Moruya does best. "It is well known that Moruya is home to a very creative, innovative and inventive community. It comes as no surprise that residents and businesses are now banding together to create three evenings of culture, creativity and magic to help the community focus on the region’s future as we move on from the devastating bushfires and COVID lockdowns.

“We want to salute our community for sticking together, for being strong when we didn’t think we could be.”

“Some of the members of our community are still doing it really tough, and we hope to offer - through Luminous - an opportunity to acknowledge the past but also to look towards a bright future. We want everyone who lives here to see the magic this amazing little town has.”

“Hope and colour live here.”

Saturday night will see the Christmas lights of Vulcan Street on full display for families who might like to take a stroll through the town

The Chamber and River of Art would like to thank Southern Phone and Rotary Moruya for their generosity in helping Luminous become a success.