2014 Bayside Christmas Carols in the Park

26 November 2014

Start practicing your carols and jingling those sleigh bells: Bayside’s favorite Christmas event The Bayside Christmas Carols in the Park is bringing festive cheer to Dendy Park on Tuesday 9 December from 7:30pm.

Bayside Mayor Cr Felicity Frederico said everyone is invited to come along and join in the fun at this important annual community event.

“The Bayside Christmas Carols in the Park is one of the most important community events in Bayside,” Cr Frederico said.

 “It provides an outstanding opportunity for neighbours, families and friends to come together as a community, to celebrate the festive season and year’s end”.

The event is provided free by Council and is open to residents and visitors alike – one particularly popular element is the opportunity to have your photo taken with Santa.

“We are all very grateful to Santa that he manages to take time away from his workshop to join us at Carols in the Park each year,” Cr Frederico said.

“Santa is obviously very busy so parents who would like to take a photo of their children with him will need to be there between 6pm and 7:30pm”

“Santa has also asked for a gold coin donation for photos with the proceeds to go to Event Charity BayCISS”.

Children’s activities begin at 5pm with the performance starting at 7:30pm.

This year’s event is headlined by a variety of performers including a fantastic selection of local artists performing a blend of new and traditional carols.

This year’s line-up includes soloists Beau Woodbridge, Jack Lyall, Talia Le Couteur, Justin Clausen, Sarah Amos, Chelsea Plumley, Alex Ratchgeber, Bruce Raggatt and Shauntai Batzke and choirs from Brighton Beach Primary School and St Joan of Arc Primary School, a massed choir made up of locally based community choirs, Vocally Wild and Mosiac plus the Southern Area Concert Band.

Local resident and Channel Ten weather personality Mike Larkin will once again compere the evening's celebrations, and Santa will put in a special on-stage performance followed by a spectacular fireworks finale at 9.30pm. (weather permitting)

Cr Frederico said that this year’s event will feature live captioning of the event.

“The 2014 Christmas Carols in the Park will see the introduction of live captioning on the feature large screens so everyone, big and small, can follow along with the great line-up of entertainment on stage throughout the evening,” Cr Frederico said.

“This year’s songbook can also be downloaded via a Smartphone App from Council’s website

The songbook will be available online from Monday 2 December although a limited number of hard copies of the songbook will be available on the night.”

Candles, glow novelties and a selection of food and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the evening.

Patrons are encouraged to walk to the venue or car-pool in order to ease traffic congestion.  Temporary parking restrictions will apply to the local area so refer to the event webpage for this and other important information.

Cr Frederico said that in order to ensure their safety and those of other carolers, dogs are best left at home.

“Although our human guests always enjoy the fireworks pets can find fireworks very scary so its best they are a left securely inside at home,” Cr Frederico said.

The Bayside Christmas Carols in the Park is presented by Bayside City Council, sponsored by Mercedes Benz Brighton, Citywide, Leader Newspapers and supported by Victoria Police, SES and Brighton Beach Rotary.

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