Hundreds of carollers gathered on the banks of the Murray River at Cantwell Park, Pinjarra on Wednesday to merrily ring in the festive season.
An event for all ages, the Shire of Murray’s 2017 Murray Community Christmas Celebration was well received by attendees, according to shire president David Bolt.
“While carolling is always the highlight of the evening, the 2017 feature act, three-piece vocal group The Christmas Wishes, mesmerised the crowd with their harmonic performance,” he said.
“The shire was also proud to host Pinjarra Primary School as special guest performers in the carols segment.”
Santa and his helpers made a special appearance for a meet and greet with the younger attendees, who excitedly waited in line for their chance to chat to the jolly old man.
Children’s show the Elf with no Name, captivated the younger audience members, who further enjoyed complimentary face-painting, craft activities and danced the night away.
For dinner, there was a choice of dishes from the line-up of food trucks and guests were able to browse a boutique selection of market stalls.
Mandurah Murray Ulysses Group was also in attendance to promote their annual charity ride, which will take place on December 9.
An anticipated 750 bikes will depart Sir Ross McLarty Oval at 10am, toward the finish line at Kings Carnival, Mandurah.
“The Murray Community Christmas Celebration is a highlight on the Shire’s event calendar,” Mr Bolt said.
“It unites community members from across the district, as they gather together to experience the magic of the season.
“The event further demonstrates the strength and vibrancy of our community and is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen community ties.”
The 2017 Murray Community Christmas Celebration was proudly supported by Alcoa, Lotterywest, Bendigo Bank, Pinjarra Murray Times and the Shire of Murray.
For more information on the annual charity ride visit mandurahmurray.ulyssesclub.org.