Christmas by Starlight at Cleveland on December 15

PERFORMER: Scott Muller joins the local lineup to perform at this year's Carols by Starlight being staged at Cleveland on December 15.
PERFORMER: Scott Muller joins the local lineup to perform at this year's Carols by Starlight being staged at Cleveland on December 15.

Casey Donovan joins a stellar line-up of local and guest performers at Redland’s  premier free family carols event, Christmas by Starlight, to be staged on Saturday, December 15 at Norm Price Park, Redland Showground at Cleveland

One of Australia’s most versatile indigenous entertainers, Donovan will feature alongside Brazilian soprano Carmen Monarcha and  Luke Antony of The Voice fame.

This year’s cast is loaded with local talent, including Redlands Coast’s Alexa Curtis who represented Australia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest as well as Scott Muller, Craig Martin, Leah Lever and Jacqueline Duckworth.

There will also be performances by local groups Rockit Productions, Vocal Manoeuvres Academy, Yulu Burri Ba Dancers, Redland Dance and Redland City Bands as well as guest artists Emma Pask, Chukele Afro/Cuban Ensemble, Ellen Reed, Renae Suttie and Skye Parker.

The show is directed by John Foreman OAM.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said she was excited by the exceptional national and local talent that would be on show.

“Christmas by Starlight has the reputation as one of the best free family Christmas events you will find anywhere, with more than 10,000 people expected to set up their chairs and blankets under the stars to sing along and wait for the arrival of Santa,” Cr Williams said.

“Besides the awesome line-up, there will be plenty available for families, including the return of the Starlight Express, a trackless train that will shuttle guests around the event and free face painting. There will also be free access to Santa’s workshop at the Redland Museum,” she said.

Christmas by Starlight starts at 3pm, with all rides free until 8pm. The main event starts at 6pm, with a fireworks finale at 8.15pm.

People will have the opportunity to make a gold coin donation to support programs combating domestic and family violence in Redlands Coast.

There also will be a variety of food, drink and merchandise stalls.

Event parking is available and there will be opportunities for travel by bus or train for free on selected routes. Visit Council’s website to register.

Christmas by Starlight is supported by event partner Event Manoeuvres and sponsors Redland City Bulletin, Lendlease, M2 Electrical, Alex Gow Funerals, Darwalla Group, Energex, Gadens, Lee’s Environmental, JJ Richards & Sons, Mr Fireworks, Cleveland District SHS and Redland Museum. More on