Hundreds of people enjoyed the Bargara Carols by Candlelight organised for almost two decades by Coral Coast Christian Church.
Coral Coast Christmas Church members Ruth Cahill and daughter Abbagail were both excited to celebrate Christmas at the Bargara Carols by Candlelight, and said the evening was made extra special as Abbagail was one of the many dancers who performed.
It was the third time the Bundaberg Christian College student had performed at the Bargara Carols by Candlelight and she said it was always a highlight for her.
“I am dancing as an angel,” Abbagail said.
“I have been coming to church to practice most Saturdays and I am excited.
“I am dancing with another seven girls for one song and then I am dancing with girls, who are not just from church but other places, for some of the carols.”
Ruth said a lot of organisation had helped to make sure the Bargara Carols by Candlelight went off without a hitch.
“A lot of hours from the musicians, and a lot of time setting up yesterday (Friday) by the church people and we are all really excited to enjoy a nice evening of carol singing with the community,” she said.
“We look forward to putting on the event every year, it’s just a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas and Jesus’ birth.
“We are thankful for the dry evening, but also can’t wait to see some rain in the future!”
Community sings traditional carols
Coral Coast Christmas Church Senior Pastor Brian Robertson said annual event was first held in 2000, when the church first moved to its current location.
Pastor Brian said traditional Christmas carols such as Away in a Manger, Little Drummer Boy and Joy to the World along with other religious carols were sang at the Bargara Carols by Candlelight and a highlight of the evening for the children would be an appearance by Trevor the Christmas Tree.
“Our focus for Christmas carols tends to be on the traditional, the religious or spiritual ones,” Pastor Brian said.
“We have the screen up to project the lyrics and if people want to sing, they can.”
Pastor Brian said with the lovely weather he believed there could be a record number of people attend.
“Two years ago, we had about 1600 people come through, last year there was rain so not so many, and tonight we are hoping for that 1600 or more again,” he said.