Green light shines way to Xmas

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Hills over­look­ing Kar­ratha Leisure­plex oval lit up in a daz­zling ar­ray of colours, pat­terns and mu­sic on Sun­day at the in­au­gu­ral Christ­mas on the Green. Show­cas­ing the Yabu­rara Her­itage Trail Light Spec­tac­u­lar, it was not to be missed.

Af­ter a De­cem­ber packed with Christ­mas events, lo­cal fam­i­lies proved they still had en­ergy left for one more at the City of Kar­ratha’s in­au­gu­ral Christ­mas on the Green last Sun­day.

The new event drew hun­dreds to the Leisure­plex oval for rides, mu­sic and a one-of-a-kind light show to cel­e­brate to­gether on the last week­end be­fore Christ­mas.

Fam­i­lies and friends brought their own pic­nics and set­tled on the green, while chil­dren en­joyed hav­ing plenty of space to burn off their ex­cited pre-Christ­mas en­ergy.

For the lit­tle ones there was face-paint­ing, bal­loon an­i­mal­mak­ing and rides on “rein­deer” that looked sus­pi­ciously like ponies wear­ing felt rein­deer ears.

Fairy floss and cof­fee vans pro­vided some sweet treats to add to pic­nic spreads.

Mu­sic was the fo­cus of the night. Five-piece Perth band Lit­tle Belle per­formed two sets and their upbeat cov­ers had crowds of chil­dren danc­ing in front of the stage.

In be­tween, lo­cal choir Red Earth Har­mony led pic­nick­ers in a round of carols.

The night’s MC Fa­mous Shar­ron in­ter­viewed a few brave chil­dren about what they wanted for Christ­mas and checked whether they had been naughty or nice to de­serve them.

There was a big cheer when Santa fi­nally came rid­ing in on the Kar­ratha Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice’s vin­tage fire truck and he pa­tiently posed for pho­tos with the long line of chil­dren ea­ger to see him.

Last but cer­tainly not least, the Yabu­rara Her­itage Trail Light

Spec­tac­u­lar was show­cased on the last night of its three-day run.

See­ing the Kar­ratha Hills lit up in coloured swirls and laser lights against an eclec­tic sound­track truly was a spec­ta­cle for the senses, and an ex­pe­ri­ence not to be missed.

Red Earth Har­mony Choir re­lax in a break be­tween carols.

Marlise Min­naar, 16, and Jah­dal Baker, 17, in fairy light neck­laces.

Desert Princess Faime Hedges and MC Fa­mous Shar­ron duel with bal­loon swords.

Yabu­rara Her­itage Trail Light Spec­tac­u­lar.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Perera

Ri­ley Hitch­ing, 9, and

Byron Craw­ford, 7.

Melisa Peix, Dana Peix, 10 months, and Noa Peix, 8.

MC Fa­mous Shar­ron and Santa catch a ride home.

Perth band Lit­tle Belle’s per­for­mance drew a crowd.

Lit­tle Belle’s Ella Bourne.

Faime Hedges shapes bal­loons.

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