Cessnock shows its festive spirit at annual Carols in the Park at Cessnock Sportsground

It looked a lot like Christmas at Cessnock Sportsground on Friday for the annual Carols in the Park.

Country music star Tara Naysmith emceed the night once again, while Santa’s Little Helpers – a 14 piece big comprised of musicians from throughout the Hunter region led the crowd through a range of carols, under the guidance of musical director Greg Patterson.

Santa entered the event in style in a helicopter before the night culminated in a spectacular fireworks display.

The event also included markets selling handmade items as well as gourmet food stalls.

Plenty of people donned their finest Christmas gear to celebrate the festive season.

While you’re here, check out the action from last year’s event: