The Hills Council will spend about $500,000 on a Las Vegas-like light and sound show over Castle Hill Main Street this Christmas.
Inspired by the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, the Sydney Hills Christmas Light and Sound Spectacular will combine a visual lights show with audio recordings of student performances from local music schools.
In the council report it says ChasClarkson won the tender for $464,672.
A 40m x 10m LED light canopy will be installed on Main Street during December to enhance the Christmas experience and attract thousands of visitors
Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne said she is very excited about the concept.
‘‘This is a unique experience that won’t be found anywhere else in Sydney and will draw thousands of visitors to our shire,’’ Cr Byrne said.
‘‘It’s about celebrating Christmas, celebrating the end of the year and providing a memorable experience for our residents — one they won’t have to travel into the Sydney CBD for.’’
Main Street will be closed for a few hours every night so that residents and visitors can walk under the canopy and enjoy the show and atmosphere.
‘‘We’re still working out the finer details of this concept but I’m really excited about it and I think it will be something the community will love,’’ she said.
Very conservative estimates suggest the light and sound show could provide a $750,000 boost to the local economy.
“We think this is something that people from all over Sydney will travel to The Hills for and that’s great news for Main Street restaurants, cafes and retailers,’’ she said.
‘‘The fact that the show runs each night will help enhance the already busy night time economy.’’