Surfers ramps up yule­tide fun

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TEEN en­ter­tainer Jack Vid­gen is Gold Coast bound to per­form at the at the first ever Carols on the Beach at Surfers Par­adise on Sun­day.

The win­ner of last year’s edi­tion of Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent is joined by TV tal­ent show favourites An­drew Wishart, Emma Bird­sall and Gold Coast tenor David De Vito at the event which in­vites fam­i­lies to bring their pic­nic blan­kets to the beach and set­tle in for an evening of song.

The event is one of the high­lights of Christ­mas fes­tiv­i­ties or­gan­ised by Surfers Par­adise Al­liance and light rail con­struc­tion part­ners GoldLinQ for this year’s Christ­mas in Par­adise fes­tiv­i­ties.

The streets have been trans­formed into a mag­i­cal Christ­mas won­der­land de­signed to de­light vis­i­tors both young and old.

Surfers Par­adise Al­liance boss Laura Younger said Carols on the Beach would per­fectly cap­ture the best of a coast Christ­mas.

‘‘This year we have a stel­lar line-up of tal­ent from the TV smashes The Voice and Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent to bring Christ­mas cheer and fire­works to fam­i­lies at the pic­nic blan­ket com­mu­nity event,’’ she says.

‘‘We en­cour­age par­ents to treat the kids and them­selves to Carols on the Beach and to evenings of non-stop, live en­ter­tain­ment through­out the en­tire precinct. There will be some­thing for ev­ery­one, re­gard­less of age.’’

Newly ren­o­vated Cav­ill Mall, Chevron Re­nais­sance, The High Street and Cir­cle on Cav­ill are all host­ing Christ­mas acts and per­for­mances each night from 6-9pm.

Street per­form­ers dressed as life-sized presents, roller skat­ing Christ­mas bells and shiny baubles, ac­ro­batic elves, toy sol­diers and Santa’s helpers are en­ter­tain­ing the crowds.

Fam­i­lies are in­vited to visit Santa’s Surf­boat in Cav­ill Mall, where chil­dren can post their wish lists and let­ters to Santa in the gi­ant let­ter box and get their photo taken with the jolly old man him­self. A spe­cial 30-minute Christ­mas show by kids’ favourites the Looney Tunes characters plays nightly at 6pm and 8pm.

GoldLinQ CEO Phil Mum­ford says part­ner­ing with the Al­liance to bring Christ­mas fes­tiv­i­ties to Surfers Par­adise is a way to say thank you to traders and res­i­dents alike for their pa­tience dur­ing light rail con­struc­tion this year.

‘‘GoldLinQ un­der­stands Christ­mas fes­tiv­i­ties make up a big part of the year for ev­ery­one, and we are com­mit­ted to do­ing all we can to sup­port busi­ness and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties on the light rail cor­ri­dor,’’ he says.

‘‘All in­volved with the light rail project look for­ward to get­ting into the Christ­mas spirit with the great events on of­fer in the precinct and I en­cour­age res­i­dents and tourists to con­tinue to sup­port traders on the light rail cor­ri­dor dur­ing Christ­mas and in 2013.’’

Carols on the Beach plays Surfers on Sun­day from 6-9pm.

Jack Vid­gen joins an al­ls­tar lineup for Carols on the Beach, in Surfers Par­adise

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