Taree carols bring the community together

Community comes together: Thousands of people attend Taree's Carols in the Park each year.
Community comes together: Thousands of people attend Taree's Carols in the Park each year.

About 4000 people are expected to gather at Taree’s Fotheringham Park this Sunday, December 9, for the annual Carols in the Park.

“It brings everyone together,” said Amanda Tate from LJ Hooker.

“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from or what your religious beliefs are. Everyone is coming and enjoying a night out together.”

Food will be available from 6pm with entertainment kicking off at 6.30pm and culminating at 9pm, when Ka-Boom Fireworks will light up the sky with a spectacular show.

Santa will make his grand entrance around 7.30pm and hand out lollies to children.

Father and daughter duo Andy and Luca Saunders will be the MCs for the evening, with Luca also one of the singers to perform.

Other entertainment includes the PCYC Gymaroos, Kerrie Renee Dance Studio, Taree West Public School, Cundletown Public School, Zachary Fire Dancer, vocalists Katelyn Davidson, Chloe Hicks, Kalin Woods, Patrick Hayes, Samuel Stephens, Cassidy Donovan, Jess Yi, Stacey Evans, students of Stacey Lee’s Centre Stage, musical group Dynamic Divas, One Life and cast members from Taree Arts Council’s Les Misérables.

Pastor John Parer from One Life Church will deliver the Christmas message.

Organisers have aimed to keep to traditional carols and audience members wanting to sing along can access the words through the LJ Hooker app.

A special Snapchat filter has been created for the event and there is a competition for the best photo.

“People email their favourite photo and there’s a prize for the best one,” said Amanda.

Carols in the Park not only brings the community together, it also brings out its generosity.

The Salvation Army will be running a sausage sizzle barbecue, plus there will be fairy floss, Saxby’s Soft Drinks, a mobile coffee van and ice cream. 

“Everything is donated, from the butcher, the bakery, coffee,” said Amanda.