Families make most of carols night magic
CANDLES shone brightly at the Boyne Island Lions Club Christmas Carols on Sunday night.
More than 2500 people turned up to Bray Park, and nearly everyone had a candle in hand and a huge grin on their face.
Melissa Smart and children Ash, 4, and Neve, 8, had prime position in the middle of the front row.
"It's our first time to the carols and it's just so great to see that the kids are so involved," she said.
Amanda and son Lincoln Ramke, 6, are no strangers to the carols, admitting they've been more than 10 times.
"I think as my kids get older they really appreciate the beauty and fun of it more," she said.
"It helps when your children are in the actual festivities on stage though."
For Chaplin Cathy Blake, organiser of Benaraby State School's nativity scene, the lack of suitable shepherds nearly forced them to pull out.
"We didn't have enough dedicated students to fill all the positions, especially that of the shepherd but luckily we found Tobias Johnson, 9, who stepped up to the role," she said.
"Tonight just means the world to the kids, they've been practising all term for this moment and their excitement shows."
Little six-month-old Charlee-Mae Bowden was fascinated with all the sounds and colours the stage through - none were more proud though than dad Justin.
"It's her first Christmas so we tried to make it special with the kids," he said.
"It was a fluke really, I saw the neon sign on my way home from work and rang the wife to let her know we have to take the girls down."
Sandi Munn was also proud, watching her daughter from in the crowd.
"My daughter is from Tannum and is singing right now which is beautiful to see," she said.
"This carols in the park has a really great little community vibe to it, and it's just my favourite time of year.
"Christmas to me is all about the holiday and the food of course."
For Zoe Bartlem, tonight marked her second birthday and mum Jasmin's first carols.
"Christmas to us means family 100%," she said.
"I'm having a proud mum moment with Zoe's birthday and my other little seven year old singing on stage."
The carols continued well into the night with an appearance from Santa himself.