It’s one of Sandgate’s most anticipated festive events of the year, and you can expect it to stick to its winning formula in 2020 too. Jingle All the Bay will once again bring Christmas cheer to the area and help get locals in the festive spirit.
President of Sandgate Bayside Chamber of Commerce Bill Gollan considers himself “the lucky guy who oversees the event”. He said Jingle All the Bay had only got better since its inception around four years ago.
“Now it’s grown into one of the biggest Christmas events in Brisbane, if not the biggest event,” he said.
With 2020 offering many obstacles and challenges, the fate of Jingle All the Bay was also hanging in the balance this year, with the decision to go ahead only made recently.
“We were very uncertain until a few weeks ago about whether to do it or not,” Bill said. “We decided the community deserves this event. We’ve all struggled over the past months. We just want everyone to get out and enjoy themselves.”
The much loved event will bring all of its usual attractions and excitement, with some even expected to be larger than in previous years. Bill said attendees could expect a few more rides and a bigger street parade for this year’s event. He’s also encouraging business owners and locals to get involved in the parade, and to light up shop fronts and houses to help add even more of a festive atmosphere to the area.
“We want the Bayside to be the place to come to celebrate Christmas,” he said.
If he had to pick a highlight of the event, Bill said it would have to be everyone’s favourite man in red.
“Santa arrives in the traditional Bayside-way – on the back of a boat,” he said. “I love the look on the kids’ faces when he arrives. I’m a sucker for Christmas.”
Of course, in a year like no other, Jingle All the Bay will have to run with some minor modifications in order to keep attendees safe. The Chamber will announce these over the coming weeks. Attendees can expect changes to entry and exit procedures, for example.
“We’re taking all the precautions available to ensure people can enjoy the event and be as safe as possible,” Bill said.You can find out more via the Jingle All the Bay Facebook page or at www.sandgatechamber.com.auJingle All the BayFriday 4 December, 6pm-9pmSandgate Town CentreBowser Parade, Sandgate.