SCATTERED among the crowd gathered at Seafront Oval were some experiencing their very first Christmases like 10-month-old Peyton DeLeiuen joyfully bouncing on his grandmother Rebecca Rodwell's lap.

Others, like local of 30 years Kody Pryor, were returning with their own children after first coming to the Hervey Bay RSL's Carols by Candlelight as toddlers themselves.

Then there were those like Wollongong expats Cathy and Terry Yates, who came for a holiday three weeks ago and decided to stay and make Hervey Bay their new home, experiencing the event for the first time.



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