Christmas carols and country music
This year’s Carols by Candlelight in Lismore will have a distinctively country flavour, with country music star Melinda Schneider headlining the event.
Melinda is the daughter of ‘Australia’s Queen of Yodelling’ Mary Schneider and began her career at the age of eight when she joined her mum to sing on the album The Magic of Yodelling.
Since then she has released five albums of her own, won six Golden Guitar Awards (including one for a duet with Paul Kelly) and her song Sometimes It Takes Balls to be a Woman was a finalist in the prestigious American Music Awards in 2007.
The carols will be held on Sunday, December 13, at Riverside Park (below the Ballina Rd bridge) from 6pm to 9pm. The evening will also feature local school choirs and musicians, community carol singing and will finish with a spectacular fireworks finale. Santa will be there and the Rural Fire Service will be selling glo-sticks to raise funds for their much-needed services.
The carols will follow on from the Christmas Carnival, to be held in Carrington and Magellan Streets on Saturday, December 12, from 10am to 2pm.
The Carnival will feature Big Dog from NBN TV, as well as kids’ rides, face painting and Christmas music throughout the day. The fat man in the red suit will be there of course (at midday) and all activities are free.
“The Christmas Carnival and Carols by Candlelight are two magical events,” Lismore City Centre Manager Stephen Nelson said. “They are the result of assistance and co-operation between various Council departments, Richmond Waste and the Lismore Chamber of Commerce.”