There was plenty of Christmas cheer, singing, dancing and laughing by the thousands of people who attended Pine Rivers Christmas Carols on Sunday night.
More than 7000 people gathered at Pine Rivers Park for the festivities, which featured Christmas carols, food trucks, market stalls, roving entertainment, and even Christmas llamas!
The arrival of Santa was a big hit with both kids and adults, who erupted into loud cheers as he was escorted to the stage with an ensemble of dancing elves, a walking Christmas tree and two Christmas llamas.
Santa wished the massive crowd a Merry Christmas before heading over to Santa’s Village where he met with local families and snapped photos.
Moreton Bay Regional Industry and Tourism (MBRIT) Chairman and Moreton Daily publisher, Shane Newcombe, says it was wonderful to see so many people gather for the carols, which were part of Christmas in the Moreton Bay Region.
“It’s disappointing that Caboolture and North Lakes Carols were washed out by weather earlier in the season, but it made our last two events [Redcliffe Carols and Pine Rivers Carols] even more special,” Mr Newcombe says.
“Over seven thousand individuals jingled their way to Pine Rivers Park on Sunday, from all across the Moreton Bay Region and Northern Brisbane areas.”
Not only was Santa’s Village a big hit with the crowd, but everyone loved the free face painting, the opportunity to take photos in the signature giant snow globe, write letters to Santa and get creative with a bit of arts and crafts.
Headline act, Satin Band, were the biggest highlights of the night. Their rendition of a huge range of traditional and modern Christmas Carols got the crowd singing and dancing throughout their set.
Mr Newcombe says while Satin Band were on stage, they asked the crowd to turn on their phone torches and wave their glow products in the air.
“It was so magical looking out across the park to see everyone united and celebrating Christmas together in a burst of colour,” Mr Newcombe says.
As the night ended, the sky above the park exploded into even more colour with the end of night fireworks display. It sent Christmas Moreton Bay Region out with a bang.
Event organisers send their thanks to the community for supporting local events and wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas.