Carols in the Park a wonderful night for young and old
AS THE sun set over the Jacaranda trees, people from across the Valley settled into their camp chairs and snuggled up on their rugs, ready for an evening of Carols in the Square.
Kids excitedly ran to Santa when he arrived with a little help from the SES, and danced to brilliant rendition of Rockabye Your Bear.
This year, the Grafton Ministers Association asked the New Life Church and Hub Baptist Church to join in on the celebration of all things Christmas.
Nathan Hampshire from the Hub Baptist Church said they were extremely happy with the evening.
"There has been a big team of supporters," Mr Hampshire said.
"We had Greg Butcher who has organised the orchestra, Sean from new Life Church has organised a few things behind the scenes and everyone from the Grafton Ministers Association has got together to make it a great night."
With such a huge turnout from the community, the carols were a big success.
"It looks fantastic... I couldn't believe how many people I saw when I drove past," he said.
Everyone has a favourite Christmas carol and Mr Hampshire is no different.
"The First Noel, I've just always loved it since I was a little kid," he said.
"I used to go to these carols when they were down at the boulevard and that's where I first heart it."
Clarence Valley Christmas carol program:
- Saturday: Maclean High School, from 5pm: everyone's favourite Christmas carols with a barbecue, refreshments and a special guest, all dressed in red.
- Sunday: Maclean Baptist Church, Townsend, from 5pm: experience an extravaganza of Christmas carols with lots of entertainment for the kids including a jumping castle, laser tag, games and crafts and a free sausage sizzle.
- Dec 14: Iluka Carols at Iluka Sports Ground
- Dec 15: Lawrence Community Christmas Carols at Lawrence Public Hall
- Dec 16: Whiddon Home carols at Maclean
- Dec 18: Yamba Rotary Carols
- Dec 19: Mareeba Carols