Cessnock's Carols in the Park will be held Friday December 1

It’s time to start warming your vocal cords – Cessnock’s Carols in the Park is just three weeks away.

The carols night will be held at Cessnock Sportsground on Friday, December 1.

The free event will not only include all of your favourite Christmas carols, but also markets, fireworks and a visit from Santa Claus himself.

Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent said Carols in the Park is one of his absolute favourite community events.

“It is very heart-warming to see children, young people, family and friends celebrating the festive season together,” Cr Pynsent said.

“We are also very lucky to have wonderful entertainment, including country music star and local Tara Naysmith as MC, and the 14-piece big band Santa’s Little Helpers, which is made up of talented musicians from across the Hunter.”

The night is also expected to feature a visit from the man in red himself – Santa will rest his reindeers in the nearby vineyards and enter in style in a helicopter.

The night will finish with a magical fireworks display, making for a perfect grand finale after a night of festive fun.

Residents are encouraged to pack a picnic blanket and picnic to enjoy the evening’s celebrations. Gates will open at 5.30pm.

The date for Abermain’s popular carols night has also been announced.

The carols will be held at Abermain Public School on Monday, December 11. Gates will open at 5.30pm and entry is by gold coin.

The event will also include a visit from Santa, and will conclude with a fireworks display at 9pm.