There was a full house at the Moore Park Beach community centre for the return of community Christmas carols on Saturday.
The festive afternoon kicked off with a spectacular array of entertainment, including a market with everything from woodcraft to jewellery before the real Christmas festivities started with carols inside the community centre.
Moore Park Beach Arts Inc President Trish Mears said the choir was set up especially for Moore Park Beach Carols by Moore Park Beach Arts Inc and was led by Christie McLucas.
“It was a crazy idea of mine that thankfully worked! The choristers loved it and did such a great job,” Trish said.
“Candles were provided by Battery World. We were given 500 and only had a handful left by the end of the night.”
It wasn’t just the candlelight brightening the Moore Park Beach community centre as children’s faces lit up with the imminent arrival of Santa who made a special stop over.
Santa was given first-class treatment as he travelled in true Australian fashion on board the Moore Park Beach Rural Fire Brigade truck.
Trish said Moore Park Beach Scouts delighted the crowd with Christmas skits and Christmas songs with a scouting twist, and local duo Pete and Evie from 2EZ kept everyone entertained.
“There were so many people the hall was full, and families relaxed on the lawn outside,” Trish said.
Pastor Julie Mayer from the Wesleyan Methodist Church gave a Christmas blessing “unwrapping the gift”, which was both lovely and entertaining as children involved shared the true meaning of Christmas with each other.
“Every child under 12 received a gift, icy pole and lollies, provided by Moore Park Beach Community Association and Moore Park Lions,” she said.
Trish thanked all of those involved in helping make Christmas special for the seaside community.
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