By Kyra Gillespie
Santa made a very special trip from the North Pole to visit Pakenham over the weekend.
With his trusty elf helper, Mr Claus gave away candy canes and reindeer food to pleasantly surprised customers at McDonald’s Pakenham South on Saturday 1 December.
The Cardinia Lakes Residents Group also hosted a Christmas Carols in the Park event at Windermere Boulevard, featuring kids’ activities, a jumping castle, Santa and a fire truck and a crafts corner.
There is plenty more Christmas cheer to go around in Cardinia this December.
On Saturday 8 December the annual Pakenham Carols by Candlelight will be held at Toomuc Reserve from 6pm onwards, where attendees can enjoy pre-carols entertainment by local artists and primary schools, followed by carols by the Cardinia Civic Concert Band and a Fireworks Display.
The Cockatoo Community Christmas Carols will also be held on Saturday 8 December from 5pm at the Alma Treloar Reserve, as well as the Kooweerup Carols by Candleight from 6.30pm at Cochrane Park.
Gembrook will host their Community Carols from 5pm at Gembrook Primary school on Sunday 9 December.
The Lang Lang Christmas Carols, presented by the Rotary Club of Kooweerup and Lang Lang, will be held at the Lang Lang Showgrounds from 6pm on Wednesday 12 December.
Emerald’s Carols by the Lake will take place at Emerald Lake on Friday 14 December from 6pm to 9.30pm.
The Heritage Springs Residents Group will present its annual Christmas party on Saturday 15 December at the duck pond on Henry Lawson Drive. There will be plenty of activities, including a jumping castle, face painting and a Santa visit.
Beaconsfield’s Carols by the Creek anticipates a night of community carols and family-fun activites from 6.30pm at Bob Burgess Reserve, Beaconsfield on Sunday 16 December.
A Christmas service will be held at the Pakenham Senior Citizens from 6pm to 9pm at 38-42 James St, Pakenham on Monday 17 December.
Richmond Football Club will also celebrate Christmas in Cardinia this month, with a training session and free kids clinic from 3.30pm at Holm Park Reserve, Beaconsfield on Tuesday 18 December.