Georges River Council launches its Summer Events Program

It's going to be an eventful summer for Georges River residents.

This week the council launched its Summer Events Program featuring its 'three pillars' of big annual events - the Magic of Christmas, Lunar New Year and the Australia Day Festival.

Mayor Kevin Greene said the council's Summer Events Program highlights the unique personality of the Georges River area and celebrates its wonderful cultural mix.

The program kicks-off with the Magic of Christmas on Sunday, December 1 with a festive celebration of Christmas Carols and Col Buchanan singing his classic Aussie Christmas tunes at Carss Bush Park by the waters of Kogarah Bay.

There will also be performances by The Steeples and Gospel Group, characters from Paw Paw Patrol and Sesame Street, as well as live bands, local performers, a visit from Santa and a fireworks spectacular.

The Magic of Christmas event attracted 8,000 people last year and families are encouraged to once again bring their picnic rugs and camping chairs and settle back and enjoy the family-friendly festive line-up of entertainment.

"The Magic of Christmas brings all the family together," Georges River Council mayor Kevin Greene said.

The Lunar New Year Festival will be held on Saturday, 18 January, 2020 from 10am to 5pm at Forest Road, Hurstville.

The street parade will start at 10am with the popular inflatable zodiac animals, the dragon dance and the Waikato Drumming Performance.

Forest Road will be lined with food and craft stalls, community entertainment, singing, dancing and martial arts.

"Lunar New Year brings an estimated 40,000 people," Councillor Greene said.

"It brings people from across Sydney to Hurstville as well as the Georges River community in supporting local businesses," he said.

The Australia Day Festival will be held on Sunday, 26 January, 2020 at Carss Bush Park.

"A key component is the Citizenship Ceremony and also a large variety of events across the entertainment spectrum," Cr Greene said.

The event attracts more than 15,000 people each year.

The 2020 program of entertainment will be headlined by Russell Morris whose 1969 hit song The Real Thing became a signature tune of Summer of Love.

There will be a big line-up of live entertainment, as well as food and craft stalls, sideshow rides and giant inflatables including an obstacle course.

The celebrations will culminate in a fireworks spectacular.

"All our events will have Auslan interpreters so everyone can have access to the entertainment," Cr Greene said.

"Supporting these three pillars we also have a number of events including our annual Christmas lights competition.

"We would encourage those people who present their homes so beautifully throughout the festive season to take part in our Christmas lights competition," Cr Greene said.

"There will also be a number of Christmas Carol events put on by the community and church groups throughout the Georges River area and they will attract many members of the community."

It will also be a big summer for sports fans with a number of premium events coming to the Georges River area.

"Sydney FC will be playing 10 matches at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium again bringing quality events to the Georges River area so ratepayers don't have to travel out of the area for top events.

"The Sydney Sixers women's cricket team will be playing a double-header with the Adelaide Strikers at Hurstville Oval."

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