Christmas comes early in Merri-bek (Media release)

Christmas will kick off early this year in Merri-bek when the annual Carols by the Lake comes to Coburg Lake Reserve on Saturday 9 December.

Now in its 22nd year, the event is proudly presented by Merri-bek City Council.

Moreland Mayor Cr John Kavanagh has attended his fair share of carols over the years and says the event is a wonderful opportunity for people from across the community to come together to celebrate with shared purpose, the special occasion that is Christmas.

“We have been celebrating the spirit of Christmas at Carols by the Lake since its inception back in 1995,” said Cr Kavanagh.

“The event showcases the diverse talents of Merri-bek and beyond and I have no doubt that everyone will be delighted with the world class line-up we have put together this year.

“For the first time, the Merri-bek City Band will be accompanying the full music program and the Brunswick Secondary College Choir will be leading the audience in the sing-a-long.

“An Auslan interpreter will be present for the full stage program and we’ll be setting aside reserved seating close by for people who are deaf or hard of hearing,” said Cr Kavanagh.

Nearly 6,000 people attended last year’s event so patrons are encouraged to arrive early to secure their spot.

Carol-goers are also encouraged to take public transport or walk or ride to the event, as parking is limited.

“Summer has arrived early in Melbourne this year, so we ask that people don’t forget to bring their own bottles or cups, as Yarra Valley Water hydration stations will be placed throughout the event to keep everyone hydrated until the very last song.

“I have it on good authority that Santa has RSVP’d, and he might even share a song of his own,” said Cr Kavanagh.

This year the event will commence an hour earlier than previous years, running 6.30 pm to 9 pm so more families with small children can enjoy the whole program and get a glimpse of Santa.

Find out more at Carols by the Lake.

22 November 2017