Rain doesn’t dampen spirits as carols hit a high note
  • Tuesday 21 December 2010

Large crowds braved the wet weather over the weekend to enjoy the Christmas Carol events for Cotton Tree and Kings Beach a little bit differently than usual, with this year’s events held indoors.

The free family events, presented by Sunshine Coast Council, have become hits on the Coast’s festive season calendar, and this year was particularly special.

Due to the unpredictably of the storm season, council made the decision on Friday 17 December to move its community carols events indoors to ensure the events were held in safe, fun, family-friendly environments. And with recurring rain in the areas throughout the weekend, this turned out to be a wise decision.

Acting Mayor Tim Dwyer said the Christmas spirit was alive and well on the Sunshine Coast over the weekend with the heavy rain not able to dampen the festive parade.

"Both indoor venues were packed to capacity, showing residents were not going to let a bit of rain, change of venue or need to book their free tickets in advance, deter them from enjoying the community carols events," he said.

The Cotton Tree Carols on Saturday (18 December) held at Lake Kawana Community Centre seated around 800 people, while the Carols on Kings on Sunday (19 December) at the Events Centre saw 1200 in attendance.

Cr Dwyer said feedback from attendees has been extremely positive.

"The family friendly line up of performances was enjoyed by all," he said.

"Council is pleased to offer this free community event each year in the lead up to Christmas."

Amongst the big name performers, the Golden Beach All Starz opened each show, with an 'awe' moment at Cotton Tree when a little kangaroo came out to kick off the classic Aussie Christmas favourite Six White Boomers.

The Pacific Chamber Orchestra and respective choirs - Oriana Concert Choir (Kawana) and Caloundra Chorale supported the soloists. Local contemporary artist Olivia Robins sang beautifully, wowing audiences for her first time singing with a live Orchestra.

Cr Dwyer said the SCPAC dancers and their costumes were absolutely brilliant.

"The SCPAC dancers were fabulous; really lively, colourful and fun," he said.

"The Boogie Woogies were a big hit with the kids, particularly at Cotton Tree where the 'mosh pit' was filled with littlies dancing away."

Cr Dwyer added Donald and Simone were the show-stoppers with their superb operatic voices.

"Donald sang Hallelujah with so much feeling the crowd was overwhelmed, and everyone held up their candles (battery-operated of course) in appreciation," he said.