Now in its fourth year, Jingle All The Bay has become a signature event for the 4017 community, and for Sandgate and Districts Chamber of Commerce president, Bill Gollan, it’s going from strength to strength.
“We love seeing our local businesses decorated for Christmas,” he said.
“Last year we had about 80 per cent of businesses doing Christmas lights in their windows and I think this year we’re going to have a full house doing it, which is great.
“Also last year, we expanded Jingle All The Bay, extending from the Post Office Hotel on Rainbow Street all the way up Brighton Road and we’ll be doing that again, it was so successful - we had 8000 people here and we hope to increase on that this year.”
This bayside community event will feature a range of food trucks, market stalls and live entertainment, as well as the parade.
“The parade gets bigger each year as well and already we have a number of floats confirmed,” Bill said.
“That’s going to be massive and I hope everyone is looking forward to it.
“We’re going to have a massive range of food trucks, as well as of course, all our amazing local food businesses; we’re going to have heaps of market stalls where you can buy all kinds of Christmas goods — everything from baubles for your tree, to cakes, to gifts for pretty much everyone in the family.
“It’s a great chance to buy local and do some Christmas shopping.”
There will also be an opportunity to say hello to Santa and give him your Christmas wish list, plus ‘Santa Paws’ photos for the furry members of the family, alongside community stalls and children’s rides.
Bill freely admitted he was an “absolute sucker for Christmas”.
“You could say I’m a Christmas tragic, so I just love this event,” he laughed.
“It’s great for businesses and the community, and you know, people have really grabbed on to it; they believe in it and it brings people to our community."
“People come here and they see our beautiful bayside-town lifestyle and it’s great that we can tap into that.”
Jingle All The Bay
Friday, 6 December, 6-9pm
For more information search for the event Jingle All The Bay 2019 on Facebook.