Thursday, November 30, 2023


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Sarina’s Christmas Festival Extravaganza

Kicking off on 2nd December, the Bob Wood Cultural Hall Park is set to host a community Christmas fair celebration in the leadup to the festive season, alongside a music festival and a special, artist-created light show.

The Christmas fair will take place in the park outside the Bob Wood Cultural Hall from 2pm to 5pm, with eventgoers set to be delighted with jumping castles, face painting, balloon twisting, disco and kids karaoke, as well as a visit from Santa. These activities will be coupled by Christmas gift markets featuring local wares.

Deputy Mayor Karen May stated that the fair would have a huge range of family activities.

“Everything is free, and we even have prizes for the best Christmas dress ups, so make sure you wear your colourful festive outfits,” she said.

Following the Christmas celebration, the Festival of Small Halls will kick off in the Bob Wood Cultural Hall from 5.30pm.

Taking the stage until 8pm are internationally-acclaimed Scottish trio Assynt, as well as Queensland’s Jackie Marshall and local singer/songwriter Jezzie.

Cr May said it was great to have the Scottish trio in Sarina. “The audience can expect a rousing performance with award-winning musicians bringing highland music to life in a contemporary way,” she said.

The Sarina Lions club will be running a non-profit bar and catering at the event, including tea/coffee, soft drinks, water and beer.

Sarina Neighbourhood Centre has engaged artists Donna Maree Robinson and Lalune Croker to deliver a magical Christmas light show on display from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, using the big tree on the corner of Anzac and Broad Streets as a canvas.

Bob Wood Cultural Hall has accessible entry with a ramp access and bathrooms. Tickets are available at Sarina Neighbourhood Centre and are only $10 for adults. Children under 18, pensioners and concession card holders are free.

The creative talents of Donna Maree Robinson and Lalune Croker will deliver a magical Christmas light show

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