VIDEO: Thousands celebrate Christmas in Lismore
THE weather was kind, the grounds were packed and there was plenty of singing going on at this year's Shopbaby Carols in the Heart in Lismore.
The evening saw many traditional and contemporary carols performed on stage at Oakes Oval, including Silent Night, All I Want for Christmas, Baby It's Cold Outside and Happy Christmas (War Is Over).
Performances were by Red Inc Choir, Northern Rivers Conservatorium, Trinity Catholic College, Inxs Dance School, Kadina High, Marlaina and Ruben Garcia, Lismore Churches Fellowship Band, Luke Vasella and the main act: Jess and Matt from X Factor.
Money raised from candle purchases went to Jodie's Inspiration, while the Lismore Lions Club Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter service, Sweet Snow, and the Cart Cafe supplied the evening's food and beverages.
Our Kids fundraising coordinator Rebekka Battista represented the Lismore Ministers Fellowship alongside special guest, Mayor Isaac Smith, to present a Christian Christmas message.
The duo taught carollers the words of a song verse they wanted Lismore people to remember going into Christmas: Reach out and touch, this Christmas time, make Lismore a better place, because we can.
It was based on Diana Ross' song Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand).
The carols ended with songs performed by X Factor stars, Jess Dunbar & Matt Price, before the spectacular fireworks display closed the evening at 9pm.