Santa to hit centre stage at Cotton Tree carols

SINGING WITH SANTA: In previous years, Santa has been far from stage-shy.
SINGING WITH SANTA: In previous years, Santa has been far from stage-shy. Contributed

FAMILY fun and funky Santas are the two drawcards promised for next Saturday's annual Cotton Tree Carols.

Having been in serious preparation mode for three months, carols organiser Odette Winnington said a spectacular show was in store, with a special appearance from the jolly fat man himself.

"The last couple of years, we've had Santa do some cool things and even rap once,” she said.

While she said she couldn't reveal exactly what was planned, she said it would definitely be an interesting segment.

"And there's definitely lollies!” she said.

While those performances, which are scheduled from 4.30pm - 8.30pm, are the focal point of the evening, Ms Winnington said it wasn't uncommon for families to make a full day out of the carols.

"Sometimes I see families with buckets of presents, or young people with picnic rugs full of dips and biccies,” she said.

"There's something beautiful about those moments and setting aside that time for each other.

"It gets you into that Christmas spirit.”

Weather permitting, the carols will take place on the Cotton Tree Esplanade on December 10.

Should rain disrupt the event, Ms Winnington said the plan was to move the carols to an auditorium nearby, but hoped it wouldn't come to that.

Special event parking will be available on the oval at Maroochydore Rugby Union Club from 3pm - 9pm, and a fireworks show will cap off the night at 8.30pm.

Food and drink will be available for purchase, and attendees are encouraged to bring picnic rugs and chairs.

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