Carols on the Hill a joyful celebration of Christmas

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Carols on the Hill a joyful celebration of Christmas

The Archdiocese of Hobart’s first large-scale Christmas carols event – Carols on the Hill – drew a crowd on Sunday evening.

Held on the oval of Guilford Young College’s Hobart campus, families and friends spread picnic blankets and set up chairs to listen to carols and take part in community singing.

Archbishop Julian said it was ‘marvellous’ to see so many people gathered for the carols.

“I think it’s going to be a wonderful, joyful evening for all the people who attend,” His Grace said.

“We’ll be celebrating the meaning of Christmas; through the carols we’ll be drawn back to what makes Christmas what it is, the birth of Christ our savior, and this will be a night to celebrate with joy that wondrous event two thousand years ago that is still alive in the hearts of people today.”

A diverse range of community groups and choirs performed during the evening, including the recently-formed Syrian and Iraqi choir composed of refugees who have recently arrived in Tasmania.

In addition to the performances, a nativity scene provided carol-goers with the opportunity to light a candle and place it at Jesus’ crib, while taking a moment to offer a prayer.

Fifteen year old Adele, one of the evening’s many attendees, says she believes the most important thing about Christmas is coming together as a community in joy.

“It’s just nice to see everyone here celebrating the birth of Jesus, and the joy of this time of year,” she said.

Friends and international students Cleon Quadras and Christine D’Souza attended Carols on the Hill as part of their first Christmas away from India and said that the lively atmosphere and singing reminded them of home.

“There are people of all ages, everyone is cheerful, people are sitting, people are roaming around, people are singing along, people are going on the stage, and everyone is beaming with happiness – that is what we were looking for,” Mr Quadras said.

“The whole weather, the music, the spirit of this place is beautiful,” Miss D’Souza said.

Carols on the Hill was supported by the City of Hobart.