Christmas spirit returns

MERRY CHRISTMAS: Rotary Club of Victor Harbor's Mark Irwin, who has led co-ordination of the Victor Harbor Christmas Pageant, with Sign Fairy AU Victor Harbor's Rebecca Handley. Photo: Dani Brown.
MERRY CHRISTMAS: Rotary Club of Victor Harbor's Mark Irwin, who has led co-ordination of the Victor Harbor Christmas Pageant, with Sign Fairy AU Victor Harbor's Rebecca Handley. Photo: Dani Brown.

The Christmas spirit is well and truly alive on the Fleurieu Peninsula - the list of festive events happening this weekend proves that.

On Friday night, Strathalbyn will celebrate with an event in place of the usual Christmas Where the Angas Flows pageant and carols.

Strath Celebrates Christmas is a carnival-type event at the Strathalbyn Showgrounds and surrounds, running from 5pm to 8pm.

Among the family-friendly things to see and do are kids and adults craft, food, giveaways, music and singing, Christmas activities, movies in the hall, and group displays.

It is a free, ticketed event - secure your tickets at eventbrite.com/e/strath-celebrates-christmas-tickets-198828089167.

Also on Friday evening is Santa's Joyride through Mount Compass, where a parade will follow the main streets of the town from 5pm at the CFS Station.

People can either line the streets and wave to Santa as he goes past, or join the parade as a walker or with special transport. For more information, call Bill Coomans on 0417 326 665.

After a year's hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Victor Harbor Christmas Pageant is back this Saturday, but it is at a new home.

Run by the Rotary Clubs of Victor Harbor and Encounter Bay, the pageant will complete a lap of the kilometre-long Victor Harbor Harness Racing Club track.

Co-ordinator Mark Irwin, from the Victor Harbor Rotary, said while a couple of floats have pulled out at the last minute due to COVID-19 concerns, about 20 entrants will be involved in the pageant.

"It's an iconic Victor Harbor tradition; it's at a different place but it's still the pageant," he said.

"It's a community event and Rotary is a community club that helps the community wherever it can."

He expects the pageant to take an hour. Once the pageant is complete, the annual Carols led by the Granite Community Band will be held on the track.

Rounding out the weekend is the Goolwa Christmas Concert, which will take place at the Goolwa Oval Precinct on Sunday.

Two concert sessions will be held - one at 3pm and another at 6.30pm - and both will feature carols, singing, and entertainment from a cast of over 100 local entertainers with support from Goolwa Concert Band.

Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs or a picnic rug plus refreshments, so they can settle in and enjoy the show.

There is disability access and a special needs area available.

It is a free, ticketed event - secure tickets at www.eventbrite.com.au/e/goolwa-christmas-concert-tickets-203466693357.

The Times is collating a list of Christmas lights displays around the region. To add your address or view the list, visit www.victorharbortimes.com.au/story/7535602/

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