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Bright night of Christmas carols on the horizon

Daniel Bouwmeester    December 2, 2023    2 min read   

A calendar highlight and a wonderful way to see in the Christmas season, the Springfield “Night of Light” Carols returns early next month.

Taking place at The Circle at Robelle Domain on Saturday evening, December 9, the Springfield Carols is organised by a committee of community representatives and church members – predominantly the Greater Springfield Combined Churches (GSCC).

The fireworks spectacle from the 2021 carols night dazzled crowds. All images: GSCC.

According to lead organiser John van Bennekom, who is a pastor at the Springfield Christian Family church, the Robelle Domain parklands provides the ideal “under the stars” venue.

“The starry sky above provides a magnificent backdrop to the choreographed fireworks extravaganza that brings a crescendo to a program full of carols, dancers, Santa, soloists, and so much more,” Pastor John said.

“It has become a Christmas tradition for many families to bring their picnic rug – and their best voices – and join their friends and neighbours on the beautiful lawns for this annual celebration of Christmas.

“We welcome back Carols favourites Tim McCallum, Paris Morgan, and Jazz Morrison – while introducing a whole new cast of performers to sing-and-dance us through the night.”

The top-of-stage big screen gives a front-row view for audiences right across The Circle, John explained.

“The variety of food providers ensures you won’t go hungry,” he added.

And the multi-coloured flashy fun of Glow products will be available from nearby stands.

“It’s a night that will long bring joy to every heart, young and old,” John said.

So pop this free and family-friendly event into your diary now:

Date: Saturday, December 9.

Program: from 6:30pm. (Food providers set up / open from 5pm.)

Fireworks finale: 8:30pm.

Location: Robelle Domain parklands –

155 Southern Cross Circuit, Springfield Central.

Last year’s finale performance featured opera singer and past The Voice contestant Tim McCallum, and vocal coach Paris Morgan (second and third from right).

Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.