Santa follows the sound to Albany’s Christmas Carols

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Rafferty Coppack, 1, getting into the Christmas spirit.
Camera IconRafferty Coppack, 1, getting into the Christmas spirit. Credit: Liam Croy

A venue change caused momentary confusion at the 2019 Apex Christmas Carols as Father Christmas arrived at Ellen Cove to find the event’s traditional setting empty.

But the man of the moment eventually found his way to Alison Hartman Gardens on Saturday night, guided by hundreds of voices singing Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

He was met with squeals of delight by a crowd of children already worked up by the appearance of Mrs Claus and her tiny reindeer-dog, Opal.

The move to York Street was prompted by sea wall construction at Middleton Beach, but it also offered some added protection from the blustery winds.

Last year’s Apex Christmas Carols was cancelled because of wet and windy weather.

Father Christmas meets his adoring fans.
Camera IconFather Christmas meets his adoring fans.
Mrs Claus’ dog, Opal, was a hit with the young ones.
Camera IconMrs Claus’ dog, Opal, was a hit with the young ones.
Lilith Davis, 3, and mum Emma.
Camera IconLilith Davis, 3, and mum Emma.
Children at the 2019 Apex Christmas Carols.
Camera IconChildren at the 2019 Apex Christmas Carols.
Mark, Rafferty, 1, Kylie and Finn Coppack, 4.
Camera IconMark, Rafferty, 1, Kylie and Finn Coppack, 4.
Doug Marsden, Evie Roxburgh, Joelle Taylor, William Roxburgh and Elaine Marsden.
Camera IconDoug Marsden, Evie Roxburgh, Joelle Taylor, William Roxburgh and Elaine Marsden.

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