Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

The night feeling in the Cronulla shopping mall has been transformed with the lighting of 20,000 fairytale lights.

It is hoped that the lights and Christmas carols sung in the mall between now and Christmas will give companies a boost after the impact of COVID.

The Sutherland Shire Council, the Cronulla Chamber of Commerce and the Christian churches have joined forces with the initiative.

Friday night’s Christmas carols and turning on the lights were hailed as a success despite bad weather intervening.

With a forecast of thunderstorms, rain and strong winds, the organizers made the decision early in the day to move the Christmas carols to the Cronulla RSL Memorial Club.

Cronulla Chamber of Commerce President Mark Aprilovic said the club’s chief executive Sue McNeill was “saving the day”.

“About 200 to 300 people attended,” he said.

“They enjoyed the performance of Zac Anderson and his Brass Trio, who sang traditional European Christmas songs, followed by Anthony Gibara and Tanya Christensen, who performed Michael Buble Christmas classics and soloist Shaun Cooke,” he said.

“To end the night, several Golden Guitar winners Luke O’Shea and Shawnee Schmid shook the audience and gave the Christmas feeling we all love.”

The weather prevented live streaming of the lighting of 20,000 fairytale lights in the mall, but Mayor Steve Simpson in his last official function invited the audience to close their eyes and use their imagination as they counted down.

A soft surfboard was donated by one of the sponsors, Highland, to guess how many lollies were in a glass arch. Eight-year-old Odin won the board and Marley got the lollipops.

More than 200 people voted in the People’s Choice Award, which was won by Brook Swanbourne Hairdressing. The prize was a $ 300 Cronulla RSL Club voucher.

Cronulla Travel won the dignitaries award, chosen by City Councilors Steve Simpson, Carol Provan and Michael Forshaw, who was a $ 300 Brass Monkeys voucher.

The celebration continued on Saturday from kl.

Christmas songs he will hold at the same time the next two Saturdays up until Christmas.

“A special thank you to Robyn Adamski of Events by Robyn, who put together all facets of event coordination in her usual professional way,” said Mr. Aprilovic.

Also Lourelle Simpson, who coordinated the performances from shire churches and music associations on Friday night and the three Saturdays.

The Chamber of Commerce, Sutherland Shire Council and Christian churches hope to be able to build up to an annual Christmas festival event for next year and the years to come.

“We invite the community to come and enjoy Christmas in Cronulla.

“We ask residents to shop locally and support their local businesses that have suffered under COVID.”

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