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Christmas at Central Park - Free Family Event

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by Vanessa (subscribe)
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This December, the City of Stonnington is proud to present 'Christmas at Central Park', a FREE community event that will see Central Park in Malvern East transformed into a bustling hub of children's activities, carols performances and family fun for all to enjoy!

Taking place on Saturday 5th December, this special one-day only event will kick off at 5pm with a dedicated children's program guaranteed to get the whole family into the festive spirit, including the premiere of a Christmas-themed show by award-winning slapstick comedy trio, the Trash Test Dummies.

During the afternoon children can also enjoy Faceprint by Children, Christmas decoration making with SmartArt, storytelling and craft activities with Stonnington Libraries and Dancing Queen Parties interactive dance performances, with brand-new characters Honey Hip Hop and Charlee Cheerleader making their debut! Santa will also drop in for a visit, so keep an eye out for the big man in red!

At 7.30pm, the Central Park carols concert will commence.

In recognition of International Day of People with Disability, this year's event aims to be Melbourne's most inclusive and vibrant holiday celebration. Roving interpreters will be available throughout the children's activities and all performances will be Auslan interpreted or suitable for both hearing and hearing impaired audiences. Auslan interpretation is provided by Auslan Stage Left.

The exciting concert event will be hosted by award-winning performer Chelsea Plumley (Grease; Blood Brothers) and will see headline acts Andrew Strano and Bert LaBonte lead a selection of stars accompanied by the South of the River Choir and Stonnington City Brass Band.

This FREE event will share the spirit of Christmas with residents and visitors alike.

City of Stonnington Mayor Cr Claude Ullin said, "In Stonnington, we want to do everything we can to ensure a bigger, better and more inclusive Christmas for all."

"This year marks a fresh approach to Council's popular carols concerts, with two large-scale events offering residents and visitors a chance to enjoy the Christmas carols at Central Park and Como Park over December."

"Stonnington residents can participate in free, family-focused activities throughout the Christmas period, including Santa Story time at Stonnington libraries, and a dedicated children's program at Central Park," Cr Ullin added.

Commenting on his favourite holiday season and his excitement on being involved in Christmas at Central Park, Andrew Strano said: "I love Christmas! I have ever since I was a kid. I grew up in Wagga, so the way I think of it is scorching heat, family, way too much food and a lot of laughing."

For the full programme of events and performers, please visit the official website

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When: Saturday 5 December, 5pm - 9.30pm
Where: Central Park, Malvern East
Cost: Free
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