CAROLS will soon start echoing through Ipswich halls and churches, and Santa is preparing to do the rounds - Christmas has well and truly arrived in Ipswich.

A small chamber choir will sing in Christmas at one of Ipswich's first festive events this Sunday at St Paul's Anglican Church.

The concert, titled Mother and Child - A Christmas Celebration, will feature works by John Tavener, Arvo Pärt, John Rutter and a selection of carols.

The ensemble of professional and choral singers will be accompanied by an organist.

Entry will cost $10 at the door and the event will run from 4pm.

Free community Christmas events will also take place at Churchill, Brassall and Marburg this weekend, with many more festive celebrations to come.

Details as follows:

Brassall Christmas in the Park, tonight at Sutton Park, 6pm-9pm. Free entry, free children's rides, three hours of onstage entertainment.

Marburg Christmas Carnival, tomorrow night at the Marburg Showgrounds, Queen St, from 5pm. Free entry, Santa arrives at 7pm, live music and a magic show. Animal nursery, jumping castle and face-painting for children.

Churchill Christmas Carols, tomorrow night at Lobley Park, cnr Warwick Rd and Lobb St, 5.30pm-9pm. Free entry, sausage sizzle, choirs and other entertainment from 6.30pm, fireworks at 8.30pm.

Santa Celebration, next Saturday and Sunday at The Workshops Rail Museum, North Ipswich. Santa and Bush Galah appearances and sing-alongs, Christmas decoration craft station, land train rides. Entry costs $20 for adults, $17 concession, $11.50 for children aged three to 15 and is free for children under three.

Western Gateway Christmas Spectacular, Friday, December 14 - Sunday, December 16, 6pm-9.30pm at Shiloh Church, 72 Redbank Plains Rd, Goodna. Free entry, Santa arrives at 6pm, stage show from 7pm with animals, singing, dancing and a fireworks finale.



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