All ready for New Norfolk’s Christmas carols and parade

THE final countdown has started for two of the Derwent Valley’s biggest events of the year: the Lions Club’s carols by candlelight and the Rotary Club’s New Norfolk Christmas parade.

CAROLS IN THE PARK: The new stage at the swimming pool end of the New Norfolk Esplanade will be the venue for the carols event on Friday, December 8. Entry and the activities are free of charge. Children’s activities will be offered from 6pm with youth group D’FAT providing a range of games. The popular Sands Family Circus will also be there, along with Jimbo the Clown and his balloon art. Facepainting by Shannon will also be on offer. The musical entertainment will start at about 7.45pm when the Derwent Valley Concert Band will perform. Community Christmas carols singing will start after the concert band concludes. Dorian Broomhall will compere this part of the event. Guest singers Grace Ovens and Nicole Sims-Farrow and the St Brigid’s Catholic School Choir will also perform. Several food and drink options will be available, with the New Norfolk Scouts cooking up a sausage sizzle, and on-site food vans offering fresh food, ice-cream and coffee. Look out for Hui’s Kitchen, Scoopy Doo ice cream and Que Sera Sera coffee.

CHRISTMAS PARADE AND FAIR: The New Norfolk Christmas Parade is the biggest day of the year in High St and it is on again on Saturday, December 9. Paired with the Rotary Club’s Christmas Fair, the organisers hope this will be the biggest parade yet. Featured among the floats will be local community groups, schools and businesses, marching bands and more. The fair will operate on Arthur Square from 10am-2pm, with Christmas gift stalls and activities. The parade will be held at noon, running along High St from Arthur Square to Circle St and return. The parade will be broadcast live on community radio station 98.9 Tyga-FM.

New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News is a proud sponsor of both events. Follow newnorfolknews.com and don’t miss the Christmas issue of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News for photos from the parade and carols.

See more Derwent Valley and Central Highlands news online and read our print edition every second Friday.

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