Christmas in the Valley

Christmas lights
Christmas lights

In what promises to be one of the best Christmas Carol events the region has seen in years, this year’s annual event, hosted at Exeter showgrounds on 11th December, sees a larger emphasis on celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.

‘It has been a combined effort from a variety of different community groups’ said Andrew Goelst organising committee Co-Chair from Tamar Valley Christian Church, ‘a common good of groups working together to hopefully create a memorable family focussed event.’

That collaboration has seen the Exeter Show Society, Legana Christian Church, Tamar Valley Christian Church, the West Tamar Council and Exeter Lions Club work together.

For the first time in 3 years the event is COVID free, though patrons are encouraged to employ common sense if they are unwell and COVID safety elements have been factored into the planning.

‘We hope to see around 3000 people at the event,’ said Andrew, who added, ‘we are grateful to the West Tamar Council and in particular Mayor Christina Holmdahl who has been a tremendous supporter.’

There is a wealth of talent booked in to perform, the ever-popular Jo Palmer will MC, with music performed by The Ferguson Brothers, Matthew and Michelle Garwood, The Hawkins Family, Steve Fitzallen and Royce Allwood from Door of Hope Church in Launceston and the impeccable West Tamar Municipal band.

The choir this year is provided by Legana Christian Church while choir songs will be performed by both Exeter Primary School and Launceston Christian school.

An honorary mention must also go to the talented Thomas Ferguson who will be this year’s Musical Director.

It promises to be a memorable evening, with at least half a dozen food vans booked in for all your hot and cold food, coffee, drinks and lolly requirements!

And with mask mandates long abolished, singing is most certainly welcome!

The event begins at 5pm and runs until 8pm, that date again is Sunday 11th December.

More information can be found at www.westtamarcommunitycarols.org.au

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