Enjoying the SCU Carols by Candlelight at Riverside Park in Lismore are Bec Hoath and Adam Gregory, of Lismore, with their children Faith (left), 4, Diego, 1, and Ryan, 7.
Enjoying the SCU Carols by Candlelight at Riverside Park in Lismore are Bec Hoath and Adam Gregory, of Lismore, with their children Faith (left), 4, Diego, 1, and Ryan, 7. David Nielsen

Spirit of Christmas

CHRISTMAS got under way in Lismore over the weekend with a carnival in the CBD and Southern Cross University Carols by Candlelight.

With all her Christmas shopping done, Lisa Painter, of Goonellabah, looked pretty relaxed at the carnival in Magellan Street on Saturday morning.

“Start shopping early,” was her advice for a laid-back Christmas.

Mrs Painter’s daughters Abbie, 2, and Sophie, 4, made the most of the free rides and face painting, while her husband Brad, 35, took the view that age should be no barrier to fun when he rode the super-slide.

Mrs Painter said her daughters were looking forward to Santa’s arrival at the carnival.

The Christmas spirit continued at Carols by Candlelight at Riverside Park, Lismore, last night.

The Gregory family, of South Lismore, were one of hundreds of families enjoying the entertainment.

Adam Gregory said it was the second time he and his partner, Bec Hoath, and their children, Diego, 1, Faith, 4, and Ryan, 7, had attended the carols.

“It’s fun singing along and a safe place to bring the kids,” Mr Gregory said.

This was the first year the street party and the Carols by Candlelight have been separate events.

Internationally-acclaimed country singer Melinda Schneider was the special guest star appearing on stage with local talent.

The Rural Fire Service was the nominated charity at the carols.

The events are sponsored by The Northern Star, Southern Cross University, Lismore Chamber of Commerce, and Lismore City Council.



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