The ninth annual North Shore Community Christmas Celebration which was held last Saturday November 27 welcomed huge crowds of locals and visitors alike who were all very excited to kick start the festive season.
In a coup for the local and very popular event, the rain held off and allowed Santa to make his entrance via helicopter and he landed safely on the grounds of the Multisports fields and delivered bags of lollies to over 500 children.
The afternoon was jam packed full of fun for all including a wildlife show, jumping castle, face painting, crazy hair design, arts and crafts, charity market stalls and live entertainment which had the North Shore Community Centre grounds buzzing with festive cheer.
Major sponsors for the Christmas Celebration – Bendigo Bank Marcoola, Raine and Horne Marcoola and Blue Tongue Helicopters all dug deep to help make the event free for the community and all took the time to participate in the day by delivering Santa, getting kids faces painted and exploring their creativity in some very interesting crazy hair designs.
The local community flooded the Integrated Family and Youth Services (IFYS) Christmas Tree with loads of presents for foster families doing it tough this Christmas and supported the many community groups in attendance with their fundraising efforts. The Christmas spirit of giving and helping others was well and truly evident on the day.
After being forced to cancel last year due to COVID, the event this year had to be modified and was held completely outdoors which proved to be a fantastic move. The people of the Maroochy North Shore area were certainly happy to see the event back on the calendar and embraced the opportunity to celebrate once again as a community.
Public thanks must be extended to the North Shore Community Centre volunteers and staff who worked very hard to put the day together – however, the hundreds of smiling faces made it no doubt all worthwhile.