Council Christmas event to spread festive cheer at Raby Bay Harbour Park in December

REDLANDERS can get into the spirit of the festive season during council's five-day Christmas event at Cleveland's Raby Bay Harbour Park next month.

JOLLY: Carter Brown, 2. of Cleveland, was all smiles on the bay ahead of council's Christmas on the Coast festival. Photo: Jordan Crick

JOLLY: Carter Brown, 2. of Cleveland, was all smiles on the bay ahead of council's Christmas on the Coast festival. Photo: Jordan Crick

The COVID-safe festival will run from Wednesday, December 16 to Sunday, December 20 and will feature the annual lighting of the city's Christmas tree.

Other major drawcards include live stage entertainment, children's rides and family activities, movies in the park, an ice-skating rink and a boutique Christmas market complete with food vendors.

Mayor Karen Williams said the event would double as a thank you to residents after a challenging year.

"How our community rallied in response to the pandemic has been quite remarkable and something worth celebrating in itself," she said.

"While COVID restrictions affected mass events such as Christmas by Starlight, council believed that this year, more than ever, our residents needed something special where they could get into the spirit of the holiday season in a COVID-safe way.

"As a five-day festival, it will also give our local traders and suppliers a much-needed boost after such a tough year and help us all to recover from the coronavirus's impact on our community with some great family entertainment, fun and food."

MERRY OLD TIME: Santa Claus joined Mayor Karen Williams, Sophia Ross, 8, of Alexandra Hills and Carter Brown, 2, of Cleveland at Raby Bay Harbour. Photo: Jordan Crick

MERRY OLD TIME: Santa Claus joined Mayor Karen Williams, Sophia Ross, 8, of Alexandra Hills and Carter Brown, 2, of Cleveland at Raby Bay Harbour. Photo: Jordan Crick

The event, called Christmas on the Coast, kicks-off at 4.30pm and wraps-up at 8.30pm each day.

Crowds will be capped at 1500 per evening, meaning bookings are essential.

Tickets are $5 per person or $15 per family, with those under 12 to enter free.

"Special features include a traditional carousel, inflatable jumping castles and the kids will even be able to get a socially distanced photo with Santa," Cr Williams said.

"There will also be an ice-skating rink at the park next to the event for use during the day and evening."

Council are calling for expressions of interest from Redlands performing artists and market stallholders who want to be part of the event.

Cr Williams said the festival was a good opportunity to support local.

"It is very much a local event that will support the wellbeing and livelihoods of locals," she said.

"Proceeds from event tickets will help some of the most vulnerable in our community with the proceeds of ticket sales supporting local charities such as domestic and family violence support services."

Information and bookings can be found at redland.qld.gov.au/Christmas.

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