Festivities flair at Carols on the Canal

Santa arrives on Coastguard’s boat, Hibiscus Rescue One.

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The Gulf Harbour Marine Village was abuzz with festivities on December 7, as the crowd of hundreds danced, sang and sported plenty of Christmas attire at Carols on the Canal.

A line-up of performances, from both individual singers and choirs, built up the atmosphere for the main event: Santa arriving on the Coastguard boat, Hibiscus Rescue One.

Father Christmas stayed dry on board but was certainly swamped upon reaching land, as eager families waited for the lolly scramble and photos with the man in red.

Meanwhile, some children opted to check out Santa’s ride instead, and were shown around the vessel by Coastguard volunteers.

As if on cue, the rain set in just after Santa’s departure.

Carols on the Canal is an annual fundraiser for Coastguard Hibiscus, who provide a sausage sizzle, and Santa’s transport, every year.

This year’s event was organised by the Gulf Harbour Marine Village Residents’ Association.

Carols on the Canal made its debut in 1995.

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