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SPREAD THE FESTIVE CHEER, CHRISTMAS ON THE COAST IS NEARLY HERE! The festive season is around the corner, and Redland City Council is gearing up for Christmas on the Coast 2022, to be held from 14–18 December at Raby Bay Harbour Park in Cleveland. Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was excited to host the jam-packed event that would see an area of Redlands Coast turn into a magical Christmas wonderland. “Now in its third year, Christmas on the Coast is loved by the Redlands Coast community and visitors alike and is the perfect place to celebrate the festive season over five spectacular days,” Cr Williams said. “This year, event-goers can expect to be entertained with a full program of events and activities every night from 4.30pm to 9pm, including live entertainment by some of our finest local talent, children’s rides and family activities, roving performers, free photos with Santa, and the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree. “Attendees will also be treated to free face painting, a rock climbing wall, a range of food trucks, and other special surprises, and each night will end with the screening of a Christmas movie in the park. “As Christmas on the Coast is a ticketed event; and with each evening restricted to 2,500 people, bookings are essential. “Tickets are $5 per person – children aged 12 and under can enter for free – and will go on sale 14 November on Council’s website, so be sure to keep an eye out.” Each ticket includes free train travel to and from the event, with ticket proceeds supporting local causes such as domestic and family violence support services. Cr Williams said Council was currently seeking event sponsors, artists, stallholders, and food vendors to support Christmas on the Coast 2022. “Expressions of interest are also open for local Redlands Coast and Brisbane-based performing artists, stallholders and food vendors, so if you or someone you know is interested in being a part of this year’s Christmas on the Coast, please get in touch with Council.” To register your interest in being a sponsor, submit an EOI, or for more information on the event, visit Council’s website. CHRISTMAS APPEAL FOR REDLAND COAST SENIORS Redland City Council is proud to once again be supporting STAR Community Services’ annual Secret Santa appeal. Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the annual initiative, which commenced in 2019, provided a way for the Redlands Coast community to reach out to its elderly residents who may be spending the Christmas period alone. “Council is looking forward to helping STAR Community Services gather as many gifts as possible by having drop-off points at its Capalaba, Cleveland and Victoria Point libraries between 1 November to 20 December 2022,” Cr Williams said. “Residents are encouraged to become a ‘Secret Santa’ and donate a gift or non-perishable food item during the mainland libraries’ opening hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays. Gift suggestions: socks, coffee, vouchers, pamper packs, hand-cream, fruitcake, tea cups, crockery, household goods, non-perishable food items anything that inspires you! For more information on the Secret Santa appeal, please phone STAR Community Services on 3821 6699 or email the organisation at fundraising@starct.org.au.