IN THE SPIRIT: (From left) Hayley Hildred, Ruby McGuire, Alana Hildred and Charli McGuire are colour-co-ordinated for the Carols in the Park in Warwick tonight.
IN THE SPIRIT: (From left) Hayley Hildred, Ruby McGuire, Alana Hildred and Charli McGuire are colour-co-ordinated for the Carols in the Park in Warwick tonight. Elyse Wurm

GALLERY: Christmas cheer sprinkled in the park

LESLIE Park was packed to the borders with festive cheer last night as hundreds gathered for the annual Carols in the Park Christmas concert.

Outfits reflected the crowd's Christmas spirit, with plenty of red and green accessories on display.

Among the festive crowd was a little baby about to celebrate her very first Christmas.

Allie Van De Sande will be six months on December 19 and got to enjoy her first Carols in the Park with her mother, Taleisha Kinsley.

Ms Kinsley said she had never been to the carols before, but having Allie has given her a great reason to go.

"I know she has no idea but now I'll come every year and she'll understand,” she said.

The event kicked off at 5am with the Warwick City Band and Warwick Choral Society warming up the crowd as they lay down their blankets.

Local performers then took to the stage including Erin, Tegan and Keely Hilton, Amy Liesegang, Kristy Searson, The Fern Brothers, Emma Bell and Chapter III.

Excited kids danced in front of the stage while families watched on from their picnic rugs.

Resident Carol Atkinson said she hadn't missed a carols since it began.

"I'm a very Christmassy person, I even came on my own one year,” she said.

Leslie Park is the ideal setting for the festive event, she said.

"Everyone can come, there's enough room for everyone. It's pretty and very picnicky,” she said.

Santa even made an appearance later in the evening to the delight of children.



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