Children sang with glee and danced among the crowd like no one was watching as Christmas carols filled the air on Sunday night.
Adorned with Santa hats and Christmas T-shirts, children sang and danced and clapped along to the Christmas songs their parents grew up with.
Between 8000 and 9000 people attended the Wagga Christmas Spectacular at the Music Bowl, which was an increase on last year.
Kurrajong Waratah’s development services manager Cathie Smith said organisers were pleased with this year’s event.
“We are always delighted when families come together and have a good time,” she said.
“It was wonderful, the weather was perfect.
“Families can go somewhere and not have to put their hand in their pocket all the time.”
Children eagerly awaited the arrival of Santa and while he was a little late to join the party, Mrs Smith assures residents he will make an earlier appearance next year.
The final amount raised will not be known until April when the Lions Club presents the money to Kurrajong Waratah but the funds will be spent on upgrading the Kurrajong Early Intervention Service building.
The building will increase facilities available for babies and school aged children for therapy and early intervention services.
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