Celebrate Christmas in Waring Gardens

By Daniel Hughes

Everyone is invited to join with the community and celebrate Christmas this weekend.

A wonderful evening of Christmas festivities will be hosted in the heart of Deniliquin, in the Waring Gardens, on Sunday, December 15.

The Edward River Community Christmas Party will kick off at 4pm in the gardens, and will be immediately followed by the annual SunRice Carols by Candelight from 7pm.

Carols coordinator George Maddison said Christmas favourites like ‘Away In A Manger’, ‘Oh Come All Ye Faithful’ and ‘Silent Night’ will fill the gardens before children get to stand up and jump around to the festive joys of ‘Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer’, ‘Jingle Bells’, ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ and many more.

Performing will be The Rubies, Ian Hill, Sophie Butcher, Anna Bowie, Rick Bond, Con Spirito Choir, the Edward River Concert Band, Deni Uke Muster and the Sing Australia Choir.

The concert is free to attend, and candles and glow products will be available for purchase.

The Christmas Party earlier in the day will feature a range of free activities for families.

There will be the Chair-o-plane ride and a Disney Cars themed jumping castle and slide.

On the success of last year, the make your own Christmas bauble craft station will again be available, and of course Santa will be handing out lollies.

When he’s not roaming the gardens and speaking with the local children, Santa will be posing for family photos.

Sittings are free and will be in the rotunda in the centre of the gardens.

And lollies will not be the only indulgence on the day, with a range of food trucks to choose from and the Rotary barbecue operating.

Catering options will also be made available to those wishing to stay on in the park for carols.

At the end of the concert, an impressive fireworks display will shoot up above the Waring Gardens to finish the night.