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It’s that time of year where neighbours come together over a picnic blanket and kids have a heap of fun running around and going on the rides – and everyone gets into the spirit of Christmas with a concert and singalong.

Bring your deck chairs and blankets and settle in for an evening of festive family fun at this year’s Carols in Willoughby Park! Now in its 12th year, the event is bigger and better than ever with an enhanced musical experience and the opportunity to help those in need with Lifeline’s Christmas Hamper drive.

The fun starts at 4pm with entertainment and activities to get you in the Christmas mood. Entertain the kids with fun activities, fairground rides on the oval and take your own photo with special guest Santa. Indulge in an extensive range of international food then sit back, relax and enjoy pre-carols entertainment from the Ukulele All Stars and Spanish guitarist Joseph Zarb.

As the sun sets, get your voices ready for a spectacular carolling sing-along extravaganza from 7pm. The Northern Voices choir and band, Dance Republic, Willoughby Band and Willoughby Symphony Choir will get you into the Christmas spirit with traditional carols like Deck the HallsAway in a Manger and Silent Night and fun favourites including Jingle Bell RockRocking Around the Christmas Tree and Santa Claus is coming to Town.

This year you can also make a difference to a family in need by contributing to a Christmas hamper. Bring your non-perishable food items to Lifeline’s collection point at the carols. You’ll can also contribute to the Salvation Army by purchasing a carols booklet.

Carols in Willoughby Park is presented by Willoughby City Council. Entry to this wonderful event is FREE.

For further information, please visit www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au

Willoughby Carols is on Saturday 7 December, 4pm – 8pm, at Willoughby Park, corner of Fourth Avenue and McClelland Streets, Willoughby