It sounds like Christmas
IPSWICH came alive with the sound of Christmas at the weekend.
The annual Mayor's Carols by Candlelight attracted more than 1000 eager Ipswich residents to the North Ipswich Reserve where a line-up of local performers took the stage.
Mayor Paul Pisasale said the carols were always a highlight of his Christmas.
"It was the best carols we've ever had," he said.
"The North Ipswich Reserve is just a fantastic place for the carols and this year was definitely one of the best. The place was just choc-a-block.
"When I turned on my phone today the texts and emails I got were great. People had a fantastic time."
Cr Pisasale said he had been involved in running the carols for most of his 20 years in local government.
Despite nationally known performers including Anthony Callea taking the stage on the night, Cr Pisasale said it was some of the local talent that had impressed him most.
"It's hard to pick a favourite; Vivica was fantastic as was the girl from A Star is Born (Tammy Mathieson). She's going to be a national talent. But the Cambrian Choir was fantastic and so was the Nutcracker."
The evening was capped off with performances from Rachael Leahcar from the Voice, renowned Australian vocal Anthony Callea before a fireworks display signalled an end to the night.