JOY TO THE WORLD: Carols by Candlelight is back bigger and better than ever this Friday night at Weeroona Park. Picture: Matthew Purcell
JOY TO THE WORLD: Carols by Candlelight is back bigger and better than ever this Friday night at Weeroona Park. Picture: Matthew Purcell

It’s beginning to look a lot like … Carols by Candlelight time

IT’S been a turbulent year for the Granite Belt but the organisers of the annual Carols by Candlelight are eager to put smiles back on the faces of locals.

The beloved event, a staple on the Stanthorpe calendar, promises to be bigger and better than ever.

“It is important for us to continue these traditional events, especially in bad times,” one of the organisers, Jenel Hunt said.

“They’re the glue that help keep our community together.

“So many rural families are hurting because of the ongoing drought, but this kind of happy event can be uplifting for the whole family,” she said.

What better and cuter way to start off the evening, than a special performance from some of town’s youngest members.

“Rainbow Kids will start the event off with a fun Aussie Christmas song,” Ms Hunt said.

The voice of so many Stanthorpe events, Greg Thouard, will MC the evening.

Mayor Tracy Dobie will give her annual message and female duo Kathryn the Band will hit the stage for the first time at the event.

“Stanthorpe RSL Concert Band will play, conducted by Beck Barns,” Ms Hunt said.

“The Granite Belt Choir will be in the audience this year, to give a new feel to the community singing.

“The Lions Club of Stanthorpe has a sausage sizzle during the night, starting around 5.30pm. “The singing starts at 6.30pm sharp.

“People should bring some money to buy something to eat and also gold coins for carol booklets and glowsticks.

“Donations for the booklets go to Granite Belt Support Services.

“Bring a torch and something to sit on, and make sure you have your best singing voice ready.”

Santa will make a special appearance, arriving by sleigh, drawn by a ‘pride of Lions’.

Community organised and council sponsored, this year’s organisers consist of Greg Thouard, Jenny Sherrin, Jenni Waites and Ms Hunt.

“’We hope everyone goes home from Carols by Candlelight with a little more cheer in their hearts than when they arrived,” Ms Hunt said.

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