Lions Club ready for Tumby Bay Christmas Pageant

The Tumby Bay community gathered for a carols event on the Tumby Bay foreshore on Sunday with more festivities to come as the local Christmas Pageant rolls into town on Friday.

For the first time Carols by the Beach took place by the rotunda on the Tumby Bay foreshore with about 300 people gathering for a night of carols presented by Tumby Bay Interchurch Council with the theme of 'Christmas Around the World'.

Perfect weather conditions saw a fun night for all involved, which included performances by MTC Dance, Tumby Bay Ukelele Club, Miriam, Jordan Telfer and more.

Organiser Glenys Sautaraga said the night was a big success with lots of positive feedback received.

"It was a really lovely night and was really well supported by the community," she said.

"Because of the location it brought it to the forefront, it was easy for people to come up from the beach or from the local takeaways and participate."

The Christmas celebrations continue this Friday as Tumby Bay Lions Club once again present the Tumby Bay Christmas Pageant from 6pm, supported by Tumby Bay District Council and Tumby Bay Youth Advisory Committee.

Starting from Wibberley Street the parade will make its way down the Esplanade and onto North Terrace before turning onto Spencer Street and for the first time, finishing at Tumby Bay Oval.

The festivities do not stop with the parade as a Christmas celebration event will take place at the oval with YAC providing activities and entertainment for children. There will also be food and beverage stalls and live music from The President's Men.

Lions Club president Wilbur Williams said the oval was considered as a suitable venue due to the open spaces allowing for crowds due to COVID restrictions as well as the facilities available.

He said the parade would once again be filled with floats done up by the community, as seen in recent years.

"Lions Club is please to be able to continue the coordination of the event and look forward to the community's participation," he said.

"Even though harvest is not complete, the community always support Tumby Bay's community events."

Mr Williams said unfortunately Father Christmas would not be available for photos this year but will still be seen on the streets of Tumby Bay in the parade.

People attending are encouraged to keep to COVID guidelines and adhere social distancing where available.