The Alexandrina council district is preparing for the spirit of Christmas to weave its magic through Goolwa and Mount Compass.
This Sunday, December 10, the Goolwa Christmas Festival will be on once again, kicking off with the pageant from the oval, through the back streets to Cadell Street.
Festival co-ordinator Greg Casson said about 50 floats have registered for this year’s pageant, which starts at 6.30pm.
“Our floats tend to be more topical of the area,” she said.
“We have people lining all the way down Cadell Street.
“Alex FM broadcast the pageant from the council chambers.”
Once the pageant is complete, crowds will migrate to the Goolwa Oval, where the festival will entertain both young and old.
First is the judging of the floats, with awards handed out for the best float, most humorous float, and the best children’s float.
Then there is the Christmas carols concert, which families are invited to sing along to.
At 9.15pm there is a fireworks display, sponsored by the Goolwa Hotel Social Club.
Also at the oval are free activities such as face painting, pony rides and a jumping castle, and kids can chat with Santa and get a small gift from him.
“I enjoy it and I’m a grandparent – I enjoy the excitement the kids have,” Mr Casson said.
“It’s all good fun and really focused on entertaining the kids.”
Next Saturday, December 16, the sounds of Christmas will echo across Mount Compass as the Carols at the Wetlands begin at 6.30pm.
The annual event, run by Mount Compass’ combined churches council, is held at the wetlands on Nangkita Road.
The public is invited to bring their own picnic or enjoy a gold coin donation sausage sizzle from 5.30pm before the carols.
It is a family-friendly event with anyone welcome to be a part of the night.
Anyone attending should bring chairs, blankets, candles, food and drink, and wear warm clothes.