Janelle Batten and Nathaniel Roberts with his fresh face paint.
Janelle Batten and Nathaniel Roberts with his fresh face paint. Sean Teuma

Christmas cheer being spread at Rose City

THE Christmas message is being heard loud and clear, as Warwick experiences a celebration down under.

The Uniting, Anglican, Lutheran and Roman Catholic churches across Warwick are putting their volunteer hats on to spread cheer to children this Christmas.

Co-ordinator Sue Nalder said the volunteers wanted to spread Christmas cheer in a fun way.

"We want to show that Jesus is the reason for Christmas,” Mrs Nalder said.

"We try and teach stories, as well as having fun activities for children to get involved in.

"We want to show what Christmas is all about.”

This is the 12th year of the annual event, and Mrs Nalder said the name 'Christmas Down Under' has stuck despite the change of locations.

"We've been placed in many different parts of the shopping centre,” she said.

"Initially it was held under the escalators.

"People have been bringing their kids since they were very young.”

There have been no complaints about the air conditioned space the group occupies now, especially with a hot week forecast.

Christmas Down Under runs through to Friday December 22 at the Palmerin St entrance of Rose City Shoppingworld from 10am-1pm each day.

Free activities, craft, face painting, story-telling and puppet shows are on offer, as well as the chance to have a photograph with the nativity scene.



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