MUSIC, singing and laughter will be projected from Pioneer Park this Saturday evening as the community celebrates the festive season at the Gawler Christmas Carols.
The annual event, organised by a working committee, including the Rotary Club of Gawler Light, is returning this weekend with big changes on the way.
“We’ve got local artists performing, so we will be showcasing people like Liam Halford, so people can appreciate the talent of Gawler and surrounds,” Gawler Christmas Carols committee chairperson David Weatherley said.
“This is also bringing out the talent that we know, and those who have performed for a while.
“By doing this, people will actually recognise some of the people on stage – people that they might see down the street.”
Mr Weatherley said he is tipping a big turnout this year, and encourages all locals to attend the community event.
“Last year we had about 4500 people come along,” he said.
“But, we have shuffled things around to make it easier for viewing and will have a large screen set up, so for those sitting further back they will be able to see the stage.
“We have also taken the food away from the car park, and hope all of that will help fit everyone in.”
This year, the first two hours will be dedicated to younger carol-goers, with children’s entertainment set to take place between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.
“We have the group Ticklish Allsorts for the kids; really, that first two hours is primarily aimed at the children,” Mr Weatherley said.
“Then, if they have got to go home to bed they can, and then from 7.30pm onwards it will be more of the traditional carols.
“The kids are also going to have free face-painting and there are six face-painters this year, opposed to only two last year.
“That will all take place under the rotunda.”
The Gawler Town Band will lead the rest of the carols, with up to 45 members expected to take the stage.
Food will be served on the night by local service clubs, which will be offering a number of delicious options.
Official proceedings will commence at 5.30pm, with Santa set to arrive at 6pm.
Traditional carols will follow at 7.30pm, and conclude at 9.30pm.
For more information, visit the Gawler Christmas Carols Facebook page.