This festive season is here again (where did the year go?) and the South Bank Piazza will be home to the Carols Extravaganza. It is an exciting Christmas production featuring something joyous for all members of the family - film, song, dance and a visit from Santa Claus himself. From acrobatic aerialists to serene ballet compositions and show-stopping vocals, this show is guaranteed to ignite excitement and nostalgia for the "Most Wonderful Time of the Year". And it's suitable for all ages. So grab granny, round up the rellies, herd the kids and invite your neighbours to a fun Chrissy night out.
This extravaganza will feature eight wonderful shows over four nights. Performances will take place from Friday 20th to Monday 23rd of December, running twice nightly from 6.45 pm until 7.30 pm and then again from 8.30 pm until 9.15 pm. You can have a night out at South Bank, finishing up with (or beginning with) some sassy swaying and singing to a chorus of festive carols. Participation will make it even more fun.
Arbour at Southbank (image from organiser's website)
On your way to the Piazza, don't forget to have a stroll through the famous arbour trail as it will be transformed into a twinkling tunnel full of sparkling fairy lights. Perfect selfie moment. You can also stay for the spectacular fireworks displays above South Bank Parklands from 8.00 pm to 8.15 pm nightly.
Fireworks Over South Bank (image from organiser's website)
Tickets: Tickets for the Carols Extravaganza are $5.00 each, and FREE entry for children two years and under if seated on an adult's lap. Tickets are limited and will go on sale from Monday 2 December. To purchase tickets and for further information click here. You can also book by calling qtix on 136 246.
Carols have been sung for thousands of years, but they weren't originally Christian songs nor for Christmas celebrations. They were Pagan songs sung for the Winter Solstice in Europe. The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year and is around 22nd December in the Northern Hemisphere. Music associated with Christmas may have had its origins with a 1st century Roman Bishop. By the 13th century, under the influence of Saint Francis of Assisi, the tradition of popular Christmas songs in regional native languages developed. Some of the oldest Christmas songs are the perennial favourites Good King Wenceslas and O Come, All Ye Faithful.