Countdown to Christmas

Bec Teese.
Bec Teese.

The town tree is going up, volunteers are gearing up to yarn bomb every pole, tree and park bench and local singers are limbering up their vocal cords for Beaudesert’s festive season.

The Elysium Village Christmas Light Extravaganza kicks off on 29 November, Light up Beaudesert will be on 1 December and Carols in the Park will be on 2 December.

Beaudesert gets festive

They say Christmas is for the kids, and some of Bec Teese’s fondest childhood memories are of Beaudesert’s Carols in the Park.

Bec, now 28, has been performing in Carols in the Park since early primary school and has been Entertainment Coordinator for about six years.

“I can even remember what I wore to perform in those early years – we were teddy bears one year for the ballet concert with Beaudance Academy and we took the heads off and put reindeer ears on,” she said.

“Then another year we wore white t-shirts and these red Christmassy skirts and danced to ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ – I loved that Christmas outfit.”

She said Carols in the Park had always been an anticipated fixture on Beaudesert’s calendar.

“Every year you’ve got the Rotary hot chip van, you know Keith Dunn’s going to be there with his guitar, the choir’s going to be there,” she said.

At the 2022 Carols in the Park, people can expect performances from the likes of Keith Dunn, Bec Teese, Sarah and Dan McNamara, McAuley College and St Mary’s choirs, A-Choired Taste, Beaudance Academy and students from Bec Teese Performance Tuition.

There’ll be crowd favourites like Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Silent Night and Let it Snow.

Carols in the Park is on Friday 2 December at Jubilee Park, with Christmas markets from 4.30pm and the carols from 5.30pm to 8pm. It will be the first time the carols are on Friday rather than Wednesday, and the Beaudesert Chamber of Commerce is organising the event.

On 29 November, Elysium Village will launch its Christmas Lights Extravaganza from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, with the lights to continue until Boxing Day.

On 1 December, Beaudesert’s Christmas Spirit Committee will host Light Up Beaudesert around the town Christmas tree on the corner of Brisbane Street and William Street.

Light Up Beaudesert starts at 6.15pm with carols by A-Choired Taste and Bec Teese Performance Tuition students and the lights will go on about 7pm, when it is dark.

Beaudesert’s Christmas Spirit volunteers are also expecting to have completed their town yarnbombing by 1 December, in time for the festivities.

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