Hundreds join the festive fun at Cessnock’s Carols in the Park | PHOTOS, VIDEOS

About 3000 people turned out to ring in the festive season at Cessnock’s Carols in the Park at Baddeley Park on Friday.

The crowd – believed to be the biggest on record for the event – was entertained by an impressive line-up of Hunter performers including Cessnock’s Tara Naysmith (who was the MC), and 14-piece big band Santa’s Little Helpers.

Miss Cessnock City, Molly Rayward, welcomed the audience with a message about what Christmas means to her, emphasising the importance of giving, and spending time with family and friends.

Santa Claus arrived in style by helicopter, much to the excitement of hundreds of children.

The evening wrapped up with a spectacular fireworks display.

The event was proudly sponsored by Newcastle Permanent Building Society, Rover Motors and Cessnock City Council.

If you missed out on the fun, never fear – Carols nights still to come around Cessnock City include:

Friday, December 8: St Luke’s Anglican Church Millfield

Sunday, December 10:  Kurri Kurri Public School

Monday, December 11: Abermain Public School

VIDEO: Tara Naysmith’s opening number

VIDEO: Santa’s arrival

VIDEO: The fireworks spectacular