Bring­ing Joy to the Hills

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News - Story and pho­tos by Bev Jor­dan

THE CHRIST­MAS SPIRIT will be shin­ing brightly as the sev­enth Christ­mas in the Hills cel­e­bra­tion un­folds at Bella Vista Park Farm on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 12 from 4pm.

There will be a packed pro­gram of fam­ily fun, in­clud­ing com­mu­nity car­ols, a pet­ting zoo and amuse­ment rides. Santa will drop in for a visit and of course fire­works will bring a sparkling end to the night at 9pm.

Broadcaster and author Leigh Hatcher is MC for the evening which will fea­ture per­for­mances by singers from Sis­ter2Sis­ter as well as David San­ders and Cas­sidy-Rae Wil­son plus dancers from Ta­nia’s Strictly Danc­ing, Ca­pers School of Per­form­ing Arts, The Hills Dance Fac­tory and Kidz in the Biz.

As well as en­joy­ing amuse­ment rides chil­dren, will have the op­por­tu­nity to see The Mounted po­lice and dis­plays by the Hills Po­lice Area Com­mand, The Hills SES and the Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice.

There will also be plenty of food trucks and cof­fee carts to fuel hun­gry tum­mies.

St Pauls Angli­can Church at Cas­tle Hill and Wes­ley Unit­ing Church at Cas­tle Hill are help­ing run the car­ols by can­dle­light which fol­lows the kids’ friendly en­ter­tain­ment and starts at 7pm. The 49-piece or­ches­tra and choir have been spe­cially formed for the night.

The crowds were so large at last year’s event that it’s been moved to a big­ger space at Bella Vista Farm Park to ac­com­mo­date more fam­i­lies.

This year, Christ­mas in the Hills is sup­port­ing three lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions work­ing with young peo­ple in the Hills: Fos­ter Care An­gels, Learn­ing Links and Hills Com­mu­nity Aid.

Hills Shire Mayor Michelle Byrne said: “Amidst the fran­tic shop­ping, plan­ning and dec­o­rat­ing it’s im­por­tant to stop and re­mem­ber why we cel­e­brate this hol­i­day – and Christ­mas in The Hills is the per­fect oc­ca­sion to do just that.

“Christ­mas in The Hills is a won­der­ful time to come to­gether with fam­ily and friends, en­joy a mem­o­rable night and dig deep for a won­der­ful cause.

“This year, money will be do­nated to Fos­ter Care An­gels, Learn­ing Links and Hills Com­mu­nity Aid. These in­cred­i­ble char­i­ties pro­vide es­sen­tial ser­vices to our most vul­ner­a­ble, en­sur­ing they don’t fall through the cracks,” Mayor Byrne added.

Chair­man of the com­mu­nity or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee Peter Spencer said: “Christ­mas in The Hills is the com­mu­nity event that ev­ery­one is talk­ing about this year af­ter the huge suc­cess of 2017. We’ve moved the Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions to a larger area within Bella Vista Farm for 2018 and can now com­fort­ably ac­com­mo­date the 8000 peo­ple we an­tic­i­pate will be rush­ing through the gates to en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 12.”

Hills Shire Coun­cil is a Plat­inum spon­sor. Gold spon­sors are: Cas­tle Tow­ers, Young Liv­ing Es­sen­tial Oils, Cas­tle Hill RSL, En­deav­our Early Ed­u­ca­tion, Valvo­line, Bap­tist Care.

Cas­tle Tow­ers Cen­tre Man­ager, Ed­die Paynter, said that Cas­tle Tow­ers was hon­oured to have played a part in Christ­mas in the Hills for the past seven years and had wit­nessed the com­mu­nity spirit grow ev­ery year.

“Christ­mas in the Hills brings the com­mu­nity to­gether for a night of fam­ily fun in sup­port of very wor­thy lo­cal char­i­ties and com­mu­nity aid groups, and the out­pour­ing of sup­port is some­thing The Hills should be ex­tremely proud of,” he said.

Tick­ets are $8 and can be pur­chased from the Christ­mas in The Hills web­site, www.christ­masinthe­

Christ­mas in the Hills or­gan­is­ers, par­tic­i­pants and some of the gold spon­sors

CHAR­ITY PART­NERS: Kelly Doyle (Fos­ter Care An­gels) with Emma Doyle, 10; Kate Whit­ney (Learn­ingLinks); Mici Beer (Hills Com­mu­nity Aid) with Amar­liah Beer-Her­ring, 2. All dona­tions will fund these char­i­ties’ vi­tal work with youth in the Hills

Lit­tle ones will love the en­ergy and fun at Christ­mas in the Hills. Hills Shire Mayor Michelle Byrne will be join­ing in the fun with her fam­ily.

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