CHRISTMAS well and truly hit town last Saturday evening, November 30, with a festive crowd gathering for the first ever Carols by Candlelight run by the Friends of the Bombala Railway.
The large, cheerful gathering included many local families, as well as some visitors from Sydney, Canberra, Cooma and Bega, all coming together at the railway to celebrate the season.
Candles and glow in the dark items proved immensely popular with the children as evening descended, while the Bluetongues Rugby Union Club barbecue was also a hit with the hungry hoards.
Following a Twilight Market, the Carols by Candlelight night opened with a performance from the St Joseph’s Primary School Choir which sang popular favourite, “Rudolph” to kick off the sing-along.
From here carols also came from the Combined Primary Schools Band, made up of Bibbenluke, Bombala and Delegate students; the Bombala Rotary and Community Choir; the Bennett and Walker Families; the Bombala High School; and finally the Hodakary Connection.
Perhaps most exciting of all was the visit from Santa, who made a surprise arrival in the local fire engine and spent lots of time with the children having photos taken and sharing some Christmas fun.
Friends of the Bombala Railway would like to thank everyone who attended, and their sponsors, Farmgate Gourmet Meats, the Bombala Bakery, Bi-Rite Electrical, T&J Murphy Transport and Building Supplies and the Bombala Council for their support.
Thanks also to Tammy Johnson and the Bluetongues team for the barbecue, and the proprietors of Foodworks Bombala who supplied the barbecue with extra meat so no one went hungry.
The evening proved tremendous fun, and given the success of the inaugural Carols by Candlelight night, the Friends of the Bombala Railway will be doing it all again next year on the last Saturday in November.