EXCITEMENT reigned at Central Place last night for the annual Light up Beaudesert event.
There was an air of family, fun and festivity as a large crowd turned up to see the decorations and get the Christmas activities started.
Santa was in good form as he greeted the town’s children, dressed in their Christmas finery and accompanied by adults who embraced the season’s spirit and seemed just as excited as their kids.
There were even a few dogs sporting some yuletide sparkle and on their best behaviour under the watchful eye of Father Christmas.
A-Choired taste delighted those gathered with some traditional Christmas carols and an entertaining performance of the 12 Days of Christmas, complete with geese a-laying, French hens and calling birds.
The event also marked the start of the annual Santa hunt and children were given forms to get stamps every time they find one of the 24 knitted Santas hidden in shops and businesses around the town. The red post box at Central Place was waiting to receive the completed forms and those with a full complement of stamps will go in the draw for prizes on Christmas Eve.
Many children received their first stamp from staff at Bean 2? where one of the Santas was hidden in plain sight.
Councillor Michael Enright, who with Shelly Currie and Finella Loch organise the town’s festive decorations every year, was on hand for emcee duties and to officially switch on the Christmas lights.
Families gathered around as Cr Enright counted down to 7pm and the lights came on, with children looking up in wonder at the sparkling star atop the Christmas tree.
There were smiles all round, with peace, goodwill and a spirit of connection all in evidence to highlight what some residents said was the best part of the Christmas season.