Northshore community welcomes festive season

Santa and his helpers arrive at the North Shore Community Christmas Celebration on Saturday. Click photo for full image gallery.

There were miles of smiles at the Northshore Community Centre on Saturday (24 Nov) as residents and families from Pacific Paradise to Coolum welcomed in the festive season with a day of free activities.
It was the first annual North Shore Community Christmas Celebration and follows a hugely successful year for the $4.2 million state-of-the-art community centre, which was officially opened by Queensland Senator Claire Moore in September last year.
Over 1000 people enjoyed an extravaganza of festive activities, including a showcase of community groups, gifts stalls, facepainting, a jumping castle, garden and composting demonstrations, Geckos wildlife show, live music, carols and plenty of delicious food stalls.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Christmas celebration without a visit from the big man himself and the delighted squeals of hundreds of children were an unmistakable sign that Santa had arrived at the Centre.
Facepainter Shelley, Hannah and Finn with Division 8 Cr Jason O’Pray and his daughter Jay Jay

Flanked by two of his special helpers and looking somewhat like the ‘pied piper’, Santa led the children out to the Centre’s sports grounds for a traditional Lolly Scramble before giving each child a chance to meet with him personally and have their photo taken.
The festive day was a fitting celebration of an incredible first year for the Community Centre which, under the guidance of the North Shore Community Centre Management Committee and Centre Coordinator Shannon Embery, has become a vibrant and central community meeting place.
In just over 12 months of opening its doors, the North Shore Community Centre has hosted several large scale community celebrations, including the Shore Fun Family Day, a Christmas Disco Night, the North Shore Markets, school holiday fun activities and several live music events.
The facility has also hosted several art exhibitions and is available for all types of performances, exhibitions, presentation nights, workshops, educational classes, play-groups, youth and senior citizens’ programs.
The centre will host its next big event this Friday (30 November). The over 18’s ‘Movember Party’ is a Prostate Cancer Fundraiser, with the ticket price of $65 including a two-course, sit down meal, canapés on arrival and lucky door prizes – from 5:30pm-Midnight.
To find out more about this event, or one of the many community workshops and classes available, visit www.northshorecommunitycentre.org or phone (07) 5450 9700. See the full gallery of Christmas celebration photos here.