Christmas cheer comes to the Fleurieu

Ready to go: Granite Community Band musicians Jack Reid (drums), Milton Hender (Trombone), Judy Parsons (Flute), Marisa Beattie (Saxophone) and Chelsea Thorton (Flute). Photo: Supplied.

Ready to go: Granite Community Band musicians Jack Reid (drums), Milton Hender (Trombone), Judy Parsons (Flute), Marisa Beattie (Saxophone) and Chelsea Thorton (Flute). Photo: Supplied.

Santa Claus is coming to town, and so to is Christmas cheer. With regular pageants cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, a number of new events are on offer this year.

In Victor Harbor, the Granite Community Band will be providing this year's Carols by the Sea, an event organised by Rotary as part of their wider Festival of Christmas.

This is the eighth year the band have presented the carols and musicians, MC's and singers are ready to go, along with the band's Strings Group who will join in for some musical items.

"This has been a year like no other, and everyone involved has been doing their best to get past the challenges presented in order to put on our annual carols event for Victor Harbor," band president Bill Lowe said.

"Everyone involved deserves a big thank you. We look forward to finally being able to play to an audience and hope to see a good crowd on the night."

Smiles: Rotary members, sponsors, and council representatives 'turning on the lights' at Warland Reserve, where a pine tree is lit up with 14,000 lights to herald in the Festival of Christmas. Photo: Dani Brown.

Smiles: Rotary members, sponsors, and council representatives 'turning on the lights' at Warland Reserve, where a pine tree is lit up with 14,000 lights to herald in the Festival of Christmas. Photo: Dani Brown.

Carols by the Sea begins at 5:30pm this Saturday, December 12 at the Soldiers' Memorial Gardens, Flinders' Parade. Santa's Elves presented by Pip Squeekz and Pop Starz will start proceedings before the music plays at 6:15pm through until 8.00pm. Tickets are free, but should be pre-booked online due to COVID-19 tracing requirements and can be found via: eventbrite.com.au or more directly: tinyurl.com/y3fyd4os

As part of the event, the Salvation Army will be collecting presents for Christmas hampers, which are donated directly to local disadvantaged families.

Audience members can bring small gifts of unwrapped items (new or good condition) or non-perishable food to donate. A Santa's helper will collect the items from the crowd.

Prior to the carols, Rotary will hold a range of exciting Christmas events which begin from 10am on Saturday at Flinders' Parade and in Warland Reserve, including horse and carriage rides, a giant balloon, and a Christmas tree competition.

Between 1.30pm and 4.30pm a Festival of Bands will kick off the music, with free tickets also available via eventbrite. To find out more about Rotary's Festival of Christmas and other upcoming events, visit: victorharborrotary.org.au/festivalofchristmas

In Yankalilla, the Carols in Your Car event will be held on Sunday, December 13 at Yankalilla Oval from 4.30pm.

Organised by local churches, attendees can sit in their cars and listen to community bands perform, or bring a rug and chair and set up on the oval.

On Sunday, December 20 from 6pm, a Christmas Story Trail will be hosted in Goolwa by the town's local churches. More information is available via the Alexandrina Council website.