The weekend of carols has arrived
IF YOU wanted holiday cheer this weekend you didn't have far to travel.
In what Mayor Paul Pisasale described as "the weekend of carols" Ipswich hosted record crowds at Christmas events all over the region.
"Carols are about family. Our events don't cost an arm and a leg and are affordable for the people of Ipswich," Cr Pisasale said.
Despite some congestion at the North Ipswich roundabout, there were few problems at the Mayor's Carols by Candlelight on Saturday.
Cr Pisasale said the event attracted a record crowd of about 6000.
"There were a few logistic issues. I hope a walkway from Riverlink to North Ipswich Reserve will help address congestion," he said.
"Every year we find things to improve."
The star of the show was country music legend Troy Cassar-Daley, who just couldn't resist Ipswich according to the Mayor.
"I met him in an airport four years ago and conned him into coming to Ipswich. Now he jut can't stay away," Cr Pisasale said.
"We had some great local talent too."
Springfield councillor David Morrison said the carols at Robelle Domain, which had people floating in Orion Lagoon while singing along, also welcomed record numbers this year.
Friday night people gathered at the Shiloh Church in Goodna for traditional Christmas songs. Saturday, Cityhope Church in Ripley hosted its carols.
"I just love it when Ipswich comes together," Cr Pisasale said.