FESTIVE SPIRIT: Charlote Spindler, Ashley Petersen, Jessica Spindler, Abbey Petersen and Lucy Green at the Killarney Lions/Red Cross Christmas in the Park in 2016.
FESTIVE SPIRIT: Charlote Spindler, Ashley Petersen, Jessica Spindler, Abbey Petersen and Lucy Green at the Killarney Lions/Red Cross Christmas in the Park in 2016. John Towells

Everyone invited to join 30-year-old festive tradition

ROLL out the picnic rug and unfold the deck chairs, it's almost time to take part in a community Christmas tradition.

The Killarney Lions/Killarney Red Cross Christmas in the Park has been running for about three decades and is a beloved event on the calendar.

This year there will be a pretty festive sight to behold, with a pine tree in Canning Park covered in lights.

Event co-ordinator John Towells said Southern Downs Regional Council planted the tree several years ago and this year decorated it in the spirit of Christmas.

It adds another layer of festive cheer to the event, which allows Killarney residents and visitors from further afield to get together before the big day.

"I think it's somewhere they can come and relax just before Christmas,” Mr Towells said.

"I say, if I get 50 people there with a smile, I'm happy or 300 with a smile, I'm happy.

"As long as they're enjoying it, I'm happy.”

A tall pine tree in Canning Park is all dressed up and ready for the Killarney Lions/Red Cross Christmas in the Park.
A tall pine tree in Canning Park is all dressed up and ready for the Killarney Lions/Red Cross Christmas in the Park. John Towells

Bruce Halter and other local artists will perform carols on the night, while Santa will make an appearance about 7.30pm.

There'll be plenty of food on offer, with the Killarney Lions Club firing up the barbecue for sausages on bread and hamburgers.

Killarney Red Cross will be putting together its famous homemade fruit salad with ice cream.

Prizes will also be randomly drawn on the night for the Killarney Christmas Lights Extravaganza.

Fourteen prizes are up for grabs, including $50 vouchers donated by the Killarney Co-Op and Civic Seeds, as well as $25 vouchers from Warwick Credit Union.

Christmas in the Park will be held on Friday, December 21 from 6pm at Canning Park on Willow St, Killarney.

Warwick's Carols in the Park is on this Sunday from 5-8pm at Leslie Park.



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