Who doesn't like this time of year with Twilight Markets, lots of Christmas festivals and parties, decorations galore and mulled wine even though it's hot? Maybe Scrooge, the Grinch and a few Bah Humbugs out there, but I love it. The shopping for that perfect gift, wearing funny T-shirts and hats, singing carols, drinking, eating and generally being merry. Go along to Racecourse Road and you can do all that and more.
It has become a tradition for the Racecourse Road Community to come together to launch this very special time of the year with an annual Christmas Event. Calling on the talents from our local schools, entertainers and roving street performers, this lovely community event comes to life as you wander through the grounds at St. Augustine's Church and the LOCAL's Markets, perusing the handicrafts of the festive stalls. There is no where better to start your Christmas shopping while the kids enjoy face painting or the free children's activities…something for all ages. Get into the spirit, grab a candle, join in the carols, make sure you visit Santa's Space and make this a tradition for you and your family.
Twinkling Christmas Trees (image by writer)
What's Happening at St Augustine's Church Grounds:
5.00 – 9.00 pm "Local's Markets"
5.15 – 5.45 pm St Margaret's Choir – Encorah
5.45 – 6.00 pm Official opening by Councillor McLachlan (Hamilton Ward)
5.00 – 7.30 pm St Augustine's sausage sizzle and free children's activities including face painting
St Margaret's Year 6 Visual Art students will circulate in "SEA Themed" wearable art creations
Annual decoration instalment by St Margaret's Secondary smART club
6.00 – 7.00 pm Carols by Candlelight with Ascot State School Choir
7.00 – 9.00 pm Local Bands "Mice" and "Free Event"
Santa's Sleigh will be located under the tree at St Augustine's Hall
You are encouraged to bring gifts for the Anglican Women's Shelter (please leave unwrapped). It's the time of year for giving, sharing and goodwill. You'll feel just as good as the recipient.
What's happening on Racecourse Road from Kent to Balowrie:
5.00 – 8.00 pm "SANTA's Space" at Realskin Clinic Car Park (next to Carols)
5.30 – 8.30pm Roving live entertainment and Christmas specials.
Experience this lovely local annual even and indulge in good food at one of the many Cafes and Restaurants on Racecourse Road. Enjoy late night shopping and some exclusive Christmas specials. Well, that's your Christmas shopping taken care of.