25,000 celebrate Lake Mac Carols

Date posted: 10 December 2018

More than 25,000 people have rung in Christmas with a mix of traditional carols and modern classics at this year’s Lake Mac Carols at Speers Point Park.

Glorious weather, a stellar line-up that included award-winning artists Thirsty Merc and Damien Leith, and the promise of a spectacular fireworks finale drew record numbers to the annual event.

Cultural Services Manager Jacqui Hemsley said that with such great weather, yesterday’s event was unmissable.

“It’s wonderful to see people of all ages and backgrounds coming together, enjoying themselves with family and friends,” Ms Hemsley said.

While the Carols started at 6pm, Speers Point Park started filling up hours before.

An afternoon children’s Christmas movie, free kids’ zone, live performances by local singers and dancers and a popular food truck alley all got the party going well before the sun started to set.

Recognising his country of origin, Damien Leith included some traditional Irish Christmas music in his playlist, while Thirsty Merc finished their festive set aptly with their hit song In The Summertime.

Then, as all of the night’s performers came together to sing on stage, 25,000 heads turned skywards to watch one of Lake Mac’s largest annual fireworks displays.

A NSW Police spokesman said the crowd was “overwhelmingly well-behaved”, with only a few “very minor” issues.

Article by Lake Macquarie City Council

Page last updated: 10 December 2018