Music, film and fireworks herald the season of goodwill

Mayor Daniel Bott gets to make a wish with Santa

They came with chairs, rugs and hampers - many wearing Santa hats and T-shirts.

Hundreds of families watched  music, a movie and fireworks at Strathfield's annual carols concert this weekend, turning the park into a huge community picnic.

Organisers anticipated 2,000 carolers would attend the annual 15-year-old event, and no-one was disappointed.  There were early queues for the jumping castle, face painting and free balloons from Strathfield Council.

Strathfield Rotary raised $3,000 in three hours with a raffle,  glow sticks and their traditional sausage sizzle. That's more than $16 a minute.

President Suzanne Freund told the audience the money would go to support schools orchestra Symphonia Jubilate, who turned out at the start of the event.

Strathfield Mayor Daniel Bott was on hand to praise the crowd and organisers -  and even got to meet Santa. 

He told the crowd the event epitomised the spirit of Christmas in Strathfield.

The Australian Youth Choir, the Marianna Singers and HTL performed on the night, followed by a special Movies in the Park screening of Rise of the Guardians. 

Fireworks proved a fitting end for an event which, a council spokesman reported, "just keeps growing every year."



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