More than 15,000 fans of the festive season packed Speers Point Park on Sunday evening to celebrate Christmas with Lake Mac Carols.
Golden Guitar-winner Troy Kemp, The Voice finalists Sarah De Bono and Lara D and the Pacific Harmony Choir set the yuletide mood with a host of Christmas classics, while children’s entertainers Little Scallywagz put a younger spin on proceedings.
Mayor Kay Fraser’s announcement that Council had abandoned plans for a fireworks finale – with a Mayoral Minute calling for the $4500 to be donated to drought-affected families in the Upper Hunter to be tabled at tonight’s meeting – was met by cheers and applause from the crowd.
Cr Fraser said there had been similar support on social media.
“Once again, I am so proud of our Lake Macquarie community,” Cr Fraser said.
“The overwhelming support we’ve received for our decision to replace the fireworks with a donation to families in need demonstrates our community’s selflessness and ability to look at the bigger picture.”
Santa paid a visit to last night’s Lake Mac Carols, accompanied by dozens of young performers who streamed through the crowd in a festive flash mob.
Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said the event set the standard for carols evenings in the Hunter Region.
“Watching the sun set over the lake as the sound of Christmas carols drifts through Speers Point Park has become an annual institution for thousands of families in the Hunter over the years,” Ms Hemsley said.
A fireworks display is planned as part of next month’s Lake Mac Festival, to be held across the Australia Day weekend.
Go to better.lakemac.com.au for information about the festival and other upcoming events across the City.