Events lift the festive spirits
THE spirit of Christmas is in the air as communities around Bundaberg hold their Carols by Candlelight celebrations and the dance studios put on their end-of-year spectaculars.
At Moore Park Beach on Saturday night the community hall was packed with happy singers.
"We had the hall full and people were outside," Moore Park Lions Club secretary Joan Walker said.
"We had barbecues, raffles and Santa arrived on a fire truck.
Mrs Walker said that, while she could not estimate the numbers in the crowd, it was a bigger turnout than last year.
At the Coral Coast Christian Church Pastor Brian Robertson said an enjoyable evening was marred slightly by a cool wind.
"It's always hard to tell numbers, but we estimated it was 300 to 350," he said.
He said a decision to run the event again next year depended on whether the carols at Bargara went ahead.
At the Moncrieff Theatre on Friday and Saturday hundreds of people packed in as the TNT Dance Studio's students put on their show.
Principal Michelle Bates said 500 people saw the show on Friday and 600 on Saturday.
"We've been going for 45 years next year and we hope to have a big celebration," she said.
The Dianne McLellan Dancers also put on spectacular shows at the Shalom Theatre Precinct.
Ms McLellan said the audiences and participants all enjoyed the experience.