5 December, 2023

Christmas lights up at annual carnival

This year’s Kilcoy Christmas Carnival generated a strong attendance and plenty of enthusiasm as groups of locals and visitors flocked to town for the festivities last Saturday night.

Thousands enjoy annual Kilcoy Christmas carnival.
Thousands enjoy annual Kilcoy Christmas carnival.

The weather had cleared up, after the lighting of the community Christmas tree event in Kilcoy for the previous night was abandoned due to wet conditions.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann officially opened the carnival which featured a stage, stalls and a sideshow alley as there were plenty of attractions for people of all ages.

Robert Christie performed his usual role as master of ceremonies (MC).

Children from local schools and dance clubs took part in singing and dancing while parents, grandparents and other family members looked on.

Sundale Aloaka residents also watched the youngsters perform, after earlier making decorations for the main stage.

Another highlight was the entertainment from local artist Myles Dunn and from the Kilcoy Fijian Brothers.

Food and drink, rides, balloons, face painting, fire twirling and the chocolate spin wheel were among the many other features.

Tables and chairs enabled people to sit and relax, and in some cases have a meal or supervise children.

Two of the biggest aspects of the event were the presence of Santa, and the fireworks which signalled the end of proceedings.

Santa’s arrival was highly anticipated as youngsters and adults waited while the bikes passed, followed by the ‘elves’ and then Santa sitting on the back of a ute.

Santa listened to the wishes of the youngsters, before the fireworks brought about plenty of colour and a loud bang.

A number of attendees later took to social media to express compliments about the event, which strongly suggested it was very well received by many.

Thanks were offered to the committee, event organisers, sponsors, volunteers, stall holders and others who contributed.


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