Christmas under the stars at Mayor's Carols by Candlelight
NORTH Ipswich Reserve was converted into a summer wonderland on Saturday night as 5000 mums, dads and jubilant youngsters packed out the grounds for Mayor's Carols by Candlelight.
But was everyone having a merry Christmas?
Mayor Paul Pisasale said the free event was another resounding success, but there was always room for improvement.
"People are already sending me emails saying how much they loved it, but there are also some saying that there wasn't enough for the kids," Cr Pisasale said.
"That is something I will concentrate on improving next year.
"I'm one of the biggest kids in Ipswich and one of the things I want to see is families embracing this event."
The Mayor's Carols Facebook page was bombarded with negative comments about the distinct lack of kids' Christmas carols.
Nevertheless, the crowds weren't exactly leaving the event in droves - so it can't have been
that bad for a free night out.
With Wendy Matthews and Tim McCallum headlining, the night's entertainment featured the Ipswich City Orchestra, conducted by Patrick Burns.
Including the fireworks finale, the Mayor's Carols is one of the most expensive free events in the region.
It costs roughly $200,000 to stage.
Of that, about $80,000 goes into setting up the main stage.
Cr Pisasale said he was willing to listen to any comments from people who weren't totally happy.
"All round it was a great event and we'll put a bit more effort into the children's entertainment next year," Cr Pisasale said.