Cessnock residents will once again have the chance to be part of a world record attempt when the Great Cessnock Christmas Elf Challenge returns next month.
The elf challenge will be held at Cessnock Sportsground on Friday, December 2 at 6.15pm.
It was initiated by community group Project Cessnock last year in an attempt to elevate the city’s Christmas spirit.
A total of 1004 people turned out for last year’s event, and while it was a few hundred short of the world record, the organisers were thrilled with the response and are gearing up to have another tilt.
The current record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Santa’s elves is 1762 – set in Thailand on November 25, 2014.
Project Cessnock coordinator Adrian Buckley said he hopes Cessnock can “smash it right out of the park” at this year’s elf challenge – which will once again be a fundraiser for local women’s and children’s refuge Jodie’s Place.
Entrants are encouraged to be as creative as they like in their costumes, however to break the world record they must have a red and green shirt, an elf hat and ears (as stipulated by the Guinness Book of World Records).
“Beyond that be as radically elfish as you like – just make sure to get into the festive spirit!” Mr Buckley said.
Elf hats will be available for $5 each at East Cessnock Bowling Club, LJ Hooker, Cessnock Memo and Art and West Cessnock Newsagency, with 100 percent of profits going to Jodie's Place.
The Great Cessnock Christmas Elf Challenge will once again be held prior to Cessnock City Council’s Carols in the Park.
The carols will be hosted by Tara Naysmith, and will also feature markets, music, fireworks, and an appearance by Santa Claus.
Cesssnock Mayor Bob Pynsent said this it will be a fantastic event for the entire community.
“It is very special to be able to celebrate the festive season as a community and a good opportunity to spend time with family and friends enjoying great entertainment,” he said.
Entry is free but people must have a ticket and be registered to be part of the world record attempt.
To download your free tickets, go to www.stickytickets.com.au/44825.
For more details about the elf challenge, follow Project Cessnock on Facebook.
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