Northsiders are being asked to warm up their vocal cords for the annual Bracken Ridge Christmas Carols Spectacular.
This event, which is organised for 4017 residents by the Bracken Ridge Baptist Church, has become an integral part of Christmas celebrations. It will be held at the Norris Road State School on December 16.
Pastor Graham Wray says he expects to see between three to five thousand people at the spectacular, which is now in its twentieth year. “As far as the 4017 [community] is concerned, I’d say we’re on par with the Bluewater or Einbunpin Festival,” he says. “It’s really become a part of people’s Christmas.”
Church office co-ordinator, Rachel Rees, says the festivities will start at 4pm with a twilight Christmas market, the carols commencing at 7pm and a fireworks display to finish the evening.
“For the market, we’re expecting twenty to thirty stall holders, plus food trucks,” she says. “Everything Christmassy will be on offer - craft, candles, sweets - you name it. Our stall holders have been coming for years, from as far away as the Gold Coast. If anyone has any last minute Christmas shopping, this is the time to do it.”
Pastor Graham adds that there will be a sideshow alley this year - free for children and with prizes on offer for the little ones.
He hopes people are coming to the event ready to sing. “We’re big on local talent – we have local choirs performing, school kids, dancers and members of our own church,” he said.
“There are no big name performers. This is for the community, by the community. People will hear all the carols they know and love – all the classics, plus modern ones as well.
“The theme this year is celebrating all the different meanings of Christmas. That could be spending time with family or it could be celebrating the Christian meaning of Christmas.”
Rachel joins in, “We’re a diverse community in Bracken Ridge, with so many different cultures and we want to celebrate that – everyone is welcome no matter their culture or religion.”
Visit Facebook for more information. For anyone interested in donating Christmas hamper items for those in need can contact the Bracken Ridge Baptist Church on ph: 3261 5045.
The Bracken Ridge
Christmas Carols Spectacular
Sunday, 16 December from 4pm
Norris Road State School
28 Greenore Street, Bracken Ridge
The Bracken Ridge Baptist Church is at 47 Norris Road, Bracken Ridge. Church services will be held on Christmas Eve at 7pm and on Christmas Day at 8am.