EXCITEMENT BUILDING: Danielle Eilola and her three kids Rylan, 2, Gracie, 3, and Nate, 4, enjoy an ice cream at the Carols by Candlelight.
EXCITEMENT BUILDING: Danielle Eilola and her three kids Rylan, 2, Gracie, 3, and Nate, 4, enjoy an ice cream at the Carols by Candlelight. Kirsten Cunningham

Santa the main man at Gladstone carols

MOTHER of three Danielle Eilola wasn't going to miss the Santos GLNG Mayoral Carols by Candlelight on Friday.

"I've been planning to come for ages, but I haven't been able to tell the kids," she said.

"I knew if I told them too early they wouldn't shut-up about it!"

When she did finally tell Rylan, 2, Gracie, 3, and Nate, 4, about Friday night's event, it was the opportunity to meet Santa they couldn't stop talking about it.

"Christmas is exciting because the kids are so excited," she said.

"I really want them to get into the spirit of Christmas and have as much fun as possible."

As they waited for Santa and the start of the carols, the Eilola family made the most of the food vans at the marina and indulged in rainbow ice creams.

"It tastes like rainbows and when I see Santa I'm going to say ho, ho, ho!" Gracie said.

The night finished with a bang as fireworks lit up the harbour at 8.30pm.



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