Christmas is coming early this year with the annual Carols in the Park kicking off next Friday, December 9. Co-ordinated by the Surfside Church and a host of other local churches and non-religious groups, the carols will set up for their second year at the Margaret River Senior High School oval after confirming the popular family event had now outgrown its old roots in the town’s Reuther Park. Co-ordinator Kathryn Seisun told the Times a lot of groups and business sponsors had supported this year’s 16th annual event. A number of local schools would perform this year, including primary school choirs and the Margaret River Concert Band, with a range of local celebrity singers taking to the stage. When the Times dropped in on Rapids Landing Primary School on Wednesday morning, the young performers expressed excitement at the chance to air their skills before a crowd of hundreds. Band co-ordinator and Baptist Church pastor Damien Bailey said the carols were a great way to bring people together. “It’s also amazing to see these guys have the chance to perform in front of a thousand people,” Mr Bailey said. “It’s amazing. I love building communities, so if I can do something to bring these kids in and help build community spirit, that’s great.” Mrs Seisun said despite the move to MRSHS due to growth of the event, the atmosphere remained a very special Margaret River celebration of Christmas and she urged everyone to attend. The carols start at 7pm with participants urged to bring a rug. Candles and food and drink will be on sale on the night.