“Santa, wait, I had to tell you something!” called out Willow Ronnfeldt, 3, as she tried to catch up with Santa Claus at the Maryborough Carols by Candlelight yesterday.
“Santa, wait, I had to tell you something!” called out Willow Ronnfeldt, 3, as she tried to catch up with Santa Claus at the Maryborough Carols by Candlelight yesterday. Valerie Horton

Carols go ahead despite weather

THEY may have been a little soggy but the rain did not stop droves of people from heading to Maryborough’s Carols by Candlelight.

At the final hour the carols were moved from Queens Park to the Brolga Theatre after a heavy, thundery downpour yesterday afternoon.

It sprinkled on and off during the festive event but there were still plenty of children and parents keen to dress up in silly Santa hats, reindeer antlers and tinsel.

The Merry Mary Troupe was out in force as Santa’s little helpers, dressed in candy cane pants with bells on their curled boots and smiles on the rosy faces.

Santa also made a special appearance, arriving on the Cobb & Co Coach with a red-cloaked Fraser Coast Regional Council mayor Mick Kruger and the always charming Mary Heritage (aka Carmel Murdoch).

Kids were having a ball enjoying face painting, card making, colouring-in and magic tricks.

So too were Alice Dombro, Joyce Dale and Marjorie Theuerkauf, who were originally waiting in Queens Park for the festivities but quickly moved on to the Brolga for some silly season fun.

The women look forward to the carols every year and all had their fingers crossed they would get the chance to sing The Little Drummer Boy.

They praised the organiser’s decision to promptly move the carols to the theatre and said the council had done “a fabulous job and a marathon effort”.

The council’s Lisa Stephenson was impressed by the amount of people who turned up and said they were lucky to have the Brolga as a back-up.

She said the only thing that had to be cancelled were the amusement rides: “I think it’s just amazing how everyone can just pick-up and get everything still happening,” Ms Stephenson added.

Despite the wet weather in Maryborough yesterday the carols in Hervey Bay were a completely different story.

Families enjoyed plenty of sunshine and Bayside Christian Church Pastor Ross Davie, who was also the MC, estimated up to 8000 people attended.

He said it was the most well-run carols he had been to in his eight years of involvement and although there weren’t as many visitors as last year it was a lot more relaxed and family-friendly.

“It was an amazing night,” said Rev. Davie.

“Everything went really well. The kids loved it.”

Santa also paid a visit in Hervey Bay along with the Hooley Dooleys, Australian tenor Daniel Kay and the choir and band from Bayside Christian Church.



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