Salamander Bay Square's Carols by the Bay to bring Christmas cheer to Fly Point Park

BRINGING CHEER: Salvation Army envoys Sandra and Howard Koutnik with Alex Gardiner, playing a b-flat cornet. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts
BRINGING CHEER: Salvation Army envoys Sandra and Howard Koutnik with Alex Gardiner, playing a b-flat cornet. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Christmas will descend on Fly Point Park within days to the delight of families.

Salamander Bay Square’s Carols by the Bay will showcase some of the area’s best musical talent and feature fireworks as well as Santa himself.

“This is a great community event that’s fun for all ages,” Salvation Army envoy Howard Koutnik said.

“These carols have become a great way for the community to come together and celebrate the joy of Christmas and the birth of Christ.”

The carols on Sunday, December 10 are a collaboration of the Combined Churches of the Tomaree Peninsula and this year it’s the Salvation Army’s turn to take the lead.

The Salvation Army Brass Band from Maitland has accepted an invite to accompany some talented community singers from 5.30pm.

Students from Anna Bay Public School, Shoal Bay Public School and St Michae’s Primary School will share the stage with other community acts including children from Robyn Yvette Dance Centre, Inspire Dance and The Studio Performing Arts Academy.

Ukelestra – featuring a dozen ukulele players – will also perform at the event, along with youth rock group Field Run and solo artists Jess Stadler and Cindy Eick.

The main carol performance will start at 7pm with favourites like Silent Night, Little Drummer Boy, Joy to the World and First Noel as well as children’s favourites Jingle Bell Rock and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

“The brass band will work really well with the carols,” envoy Koutnik said.

“It’s what people enjoy about watching the carols on TV – that big band and choir together.”

The carols are free. People are encouraged to bring chairs or a picnic rug.

Salvation Army envoys Sandra and Howard Koutnik with Alex Gardiner at the Fly Point park where Carols by the Bay will be staged on December 10.

Salvation Army envoys Sandra and Howard Koutnik with Alex Gardiner at the Fly Point park where Carols by the Bay will be staged on December 10.

There will be food available for purchase and free face painting.

“This is a big event that’s been a Bay favourite for good reason,” envoy Koutnik said.

“A crowd of about 4000 people is common and we’re hoping we’ll see similar numbers this year.”

The fireworks will conclude the event at 9pm.

The event is sponsored by Salamander Bay Square, Port Stephens Council and Salamander Bay Recycling.