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This Saturday night, December 6, Dalrymple Creek Park in Allora will become a festive Christmas showcase for artisans, cooks, singers, dancers and artists as the community comes together to celebrate Rotary Club of Allora Creekside Carols Under the Stars.

The event is the brainchild of Gretta Barton, Stacey Turner and Sarah Turner, who have spent months planning, preparing, and collaborating to make it a night to remember.

“It is beautiful down there,” Stacey said. “It is an ideal setting for a community-based event.” Creekside Carols Under the Stars begins at 3pm with a special Christmas market featuring woodwork, pottery, handmade jewellery and other handcrafts. Guests can wander at their leisure and dine on hamburgers, sausages and Indian cuisine in addition to an assortment of cakes and salads. Children can take fire engine rides and have their faces painted. The park itself will be decked out in fairy lights with a large stage for performances, and a giant art display of 2.2 metre canvasses will be hung among the trees. “We’re trying to make it a magical setting,” said Sarah. “A relaxed atmosphere for people to reconnect and have a chat.”

The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. and everyone is welcome to sing along. “It’s a mixture of traditional, non-traditional, instrumental, dancing, poetry, school kids, and the Salvation Army brass band,” said Sarah. “There will also be a special ‘Frozen’ segment.” At 8pm, Santa will arrive bearing good cheer and small presents for the youngest members of the crowd. The entire event is free to the public, thanks to sponsorship by Rotary Allora, Allora RSL, Mayne Real Estate, Glenmar Fuels, and the Southern Downs Regional Council Community Grants Program. Seats and a bus service are available for the elderly; all others are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. “I just want one night of joy where they all walk away feeling fabulous and having the Christmas spirit, with the anticipation for next year getting bigger and better,” Stacey said.

Words by Krista Bjorn | Image via www.newslocker.com