Christmas celebrations by the water

THERE’S nothing quite like singing Christmas carols by the water and that was exactly the experience for thousands of local revellers at the 2017 Clarence Christmas Concert.

Held at the Bellerive Boardwalk on 10 December, the annual festive event featured a picturesque location for carollers, looking out at the yachts on Kangaroo Bay.

This year’s event was hosted by Hobart personalities Dean and Andrew Colrain, of the ‘The Hot Cols’, with music led by Matt Ives and his swinging Big Band.

A special appearance by The Blues Brothers had everyone shaking their tail feathers, while a 70-piece choir led by Margot Lampkin inspired the voices of all.

“I’ve been involved in many Christmas Carols over the years and the Clarence Concert is a sophisticated program with a great mix of entertainment and participation,” Mr Dean said.

“What really sets it off is the great location at the Bellerive Boardwalk and the beautiful backdrop of the yacht club marina.

“Plus you never quite know where Santa will appear from.”

Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said he always enjoyed spreading the joy of Christmas at the annual concert.

“This time of year is full of traditions, but none better than singing along to Christmas carols with your local community,” he said.

“Our Christmas Concert is special because it really appeals to all ages, with something for the kids, grandparents and everyone in-between.”

Caption: Amy and Halle Butler with Shani and Matilda Bailey get into the festive spirit at the Clarence Christmas Carols.