Peggy Popart and Father Christmas will usher in the festive season at the Carols by Candlelight celebration at Oakes Oval.
Peggy Popart and Father Christmas will usher in the festive season at the Carols by Candlelight celebration at Oakes Oval. Marc Stapelberg

Carols for a good cause

Santa Claus made a surprise visit to Oakes Oval in preparation for Carols By Candlelight on 13th December in Lismore.

Hounded by media Santa Clause held a press conference to discuss why he would be making a special visit to town before Christmas Eve.

"Carols by Candlelight is definitely not outdated," he said.

"It is attracting more and more people each year because it is such a family friendly event.

"This year it is back to a traditional focus on carols.

"I will also be making a mystery arrival since the reindeer are still getting ready for Christmas Eve."

Lismore City Council centre manager Jason Mumford said the event could happen thanks to the Lismore Business Promotion program which offered local business the chance to pitch in and thank the community.

Not only that but buckets will be stationed around the venue to help raise money for a worthy charity.

"This is not only a fun evening out for families to celebrate Christmas, but a wonderful chance to brighten the lives of children whose families are doing it tough," he said.

"Last year we raised $3000 for the YWCA which went to purchasing gifts for 80-100 local kids.

"With the help of the community we are hoping to beat that target this year."

"Carols by Candlelight grows each and every year, and we invite one and all to come and sing, be merry and celebrate the spirit of Christmas as a community."

Gates open at 4pm, with entertainment from 6-9pm including the fireworks finale.

The 2015 event will be hosted by Peggy Popart and will feature visits by Santa and NBN's Big Dog plus music from Luke Vassella, The Batten Twins and Sophistication.



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