Moree carols and main street carnival combine for one huge event this Christmas

MOREE Plains Shire Council’s festive season celebrations take on a new format this year, with the annual main street carnival now merging with Community Christmas Carols to create one huge event at Ron Harborne Oval on Wednesday evening.
Christmas at Twilight starts at 5pm, with bubble soccer, laser tag, children’s rides, recreational activities, food, beverage stalls and ice-cream just some of the attractions.
The event is sponsored by Moree Plains Shire Council and Moree Christian Churches Network and patrons are assured of a fun-filled night for families wanting to get into the festive spirit.carolsposter002
There will be musical performances from local artists, choirs and bands with an open-air carols-filled concert commencing at 7.30pm.
Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets but leave the beers at home as this is a drug and alcohol-free event.
A spectacular fireworks display will take place at 9pm, however Moree residents are asked to make sure pets are secured at home when the display gets underway.
The fireworks display will delight the crowd but the deafening bangs overhead can be terrifying for pets and stock.
Council Ranger Jock Jones encourages pet and stock owners to take precautions before Wednesday’s festivities.
“The hearing of dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs is a lot more sensitive than humans and they find the noise of fireworks distressing,” Mr Jones said.
“Put your household pets in a secure room and close all windows and curtains to reduce the level of noise and flashing light. If this is not possible, place a thick blanket over cages and hutches.
“Make sure your dog or cat is wearing an identifying tag, is microchipped and your details are up to date – that way if it escapes and is found, your pet can be returned,” he said.
Farmers on the urban fringe with cows, sheep, horses and other farm animals in paddocks should also be wary as animals can injure themselves, get tangled in fences and if they do break free, they can cause accidents with motorists.