Hastings St livens up for Christmas

The Ringmaster urges Bubbles the Elephant to perform her tricks. Photos: Rob Maccoll

It really did feel a lot like Christmas last Friday night when Hastings Street 12 Days to Christmas celebrations began but the wild weather caused its cancellations over the weekend with the event shifted back to now include a bumper night on Wednesday 23 December.

Last Friday passers-by stopped and sang, children skipped and danced and coffee buffs at Aroma’s enjoyed the Christmas carols and songs by Noosa Chorale singers.

The group of 10, led by assistant music director, Pam Sage, launched the Hastings Street Association’s “12 Days to Christmas” celebrations with traditional favourites like “Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” “We Three Kings,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

It was a dream start for the entertainment festivities planned to make the popular Noosa street buzz with excitement.

Acts included floating fish, Living Statues, Cabbage Patch dolls, illuminated butterflies, unicyclists, a flying angel, acrobats, English Bobbies, stilt walkers, Lollipop Ladies, a jazz band, clowns, carol singers, a harpist, a violinist and Bubbles the Baby Elephant.

Later producer Ian told Noosa Today “It was a perfect opening to our 12-day programme. The atmosphere on the street was wonderful.

“It was just so great to see everyone out and about, relaxed and engaged and with big smiles of appreciation on the faces of the young and the young at heart.

“The audience just delighted in embracing the joy and spirit of Christmas cheer on offer and many joined in singing along with the choir.“

Association project manager Alesha Gooderham said the vibrant mix of entertainment had people saying it felt like the type of experience found in Melbourne or London.She said the variety of entertainers from fun and cheeky to classic appealed to a wide range of tastes and it was lovely to see people clearly enjoying themselves on the street.

The great thing is the magic continues from 4pm to 7pm on Hastings Street daily until next Wednesday 23 December.