The countdown is now officially on to Christmas in the Moreton Bay Region and four big Christmas carols events.
It all starts when Moreton Daily presents Caboolture Christmas Carols on November 28 at Centenary Lakes.
North Lakes Christmas Carols follows on December 5 at Kinsellas Sports Complex, with Redcliffe Christmas Carols at Moreton Daily Stadium on December 12 and Pine Rivers Christmas Carols at Pine Rivers Park on December 19.
Each event is on from 4-8pm. Entry is free and tickets are not required.
Santa’s Village is returning in 2021, giving children the chance to meet the man in red (socially distanced) and take a photo. It will also feature roving entertainment, craft workshops, face-painting and children can write a letter to Santa while they’re there.
The carols events’ signature giant snow globes are also back, providing the perfect white Christmas photo opportunity. Cost is $10 per group.
Making their debut this year are Christmas llamas. Families can give them a pat and even have their photos taken with them.
Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism (MBRIT) Chairman Shane Newcombe, publisher of Moreton Daily and Dolphins News, says there will be two llamas at each event thanks to the team at Ottaba Llama Walks.
“The llamas will add some cheeky fun to the events this year, which we’re sure the whole family will enjoy,” Mr Newcombe says.
“These llamas are friendly, love people and are used to a bit of attention. A family photo with one of them would be a great keepsake or could even be a present for family and friends.”
Bookings are not required, but photos and meet-and-greet opportunities will be on a first-in, first-served queuing basis.
There will also be plenty of food trucks to purchase dinner and a stellar line-up of local artists and community groups performing Christmas carols at each event.
Don’t miss the fireworks at 8pm.
Everyone attending will have the opportunity to donate a gift or hamper to a person or family in need via the Charity Donation Tree, which will be in a central location at all four signature Christmas Carols events.
Moreton Daily has partnered with four charities - Caboolture Community Action, North Lakes Uniting Church, Redcliffe Care Network and Pine Rivers Uniting Church - to help families doing it tough.
Community groups across the region are telling us the need is greater than ever, so we’re pleased to be able to assist by mobilising the community at our four big carols events,” Mr Newcombe says.
“Most people want to help in some way and the donation tree makes it easy for them to make a small, but heartfelt gesture.
“We hope those who receive the gifts will feel the warmth of that gesture as they open them on Christmas Day.
“We welcome and encourage gifts for all ages, particularly children aged 0-12 years.”
Gifts or hampers to consider are new toys, non-perishable food items and new clothing. Hampers filled with non-perishable Christmas treats are also welcome.
Items will only be collected from the donation trees located at each of the signature carol events.
Christmas Carols in the Moreton Bay Region is presented by Moreton Daily in partnership with Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism, Moreton Bay Regional Council and media partners Channel 9 and B105.
Caboolture Christmas Carols
Sunday, November 28
North Lakes Christmas Carols
Kinsellas Sports Complex
Sunday, December 5
Redcliffe Christmas Carols
Moreton Daily Stadium
Sunday, December 12
Pine Rivers Christmas Carols
Pine Rivers Park
Sunday, December 19