CAROLING and a visit from Santa are a sure sign that the Christmas season is here.
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And there was plenty of festive cheer to share at Bulahdelah’s very first Carols in the Park last weekend.
The evening was organised by the combined local churches and hundreds of people flocked to Wade Park for the event.
Twelve-year-old Carol Poniris said she attended with her family to share the Christmas spirit with everyone.
“It was great that so many friends came to have a fun night together,” she said.
“Lots of people gave up their time to organise the carols and perform for our community, and that community spirit is what the Christmas season is about.”
Throughout the evening, 600 sizzling sausages barbecued by the Lions Club, glittery craft, face painting and balloon sculptures organised by the local Blue Light Committee and non-stop music and caroling ensured there was plenty of fun for the young and old.
With the whole community coming together, Bulahdelah Rural Fire Brigade held their annual lolly run in the park as part of the Carols this year.
There were beaming smiles all round as Santa and brigade members distributed huge sacks of sweet treats to the well-behaved girls and boys.
Organising committee member Meredyth Rae said the exceptional talent of the performers and the huge turn-out from the community made the Carols a very special night.
“As our very first Carols in the Park, the night has gone brilliantly,” she said.
“There were a few glitches, but the night was all about the community enjoying the spirit of Christmas together.”
Meredyth said the committee hopes the community Carols will become an ongoing event.