A NEW event will usher in the Christmas season in Koroit this weekend.
The inaugural Koroit Carols by the Railway event is on Sunday at Koroit Railway Station between 3pm and 5pm.
Koroit has not had a community Christmas event since Koroit Health Services last hosted a carols by candlelight event in 2010.
The Koroit Lions Club in partnership with the Koroit Irish Festival have organised the Koroit Carols by the Railway event.
Koroit Lions Club member Blake Allan is confident the community will embrace it.
“The Koroit Lions Club is very excited to be involved in this event,” Mr Allan said.
“It is great to have carols back in Koroit. It will be a good chance for the community to come together for a Christmas celebration.
“It is also a great chance to show off the work that has been done at the Koroit Railway Station.”
The Koroit Lions Club has played a key role in the development of the station site.
It was responsible for the construction of the playground across from the station and also regularly mow the grass in that area.
Koroit Irish Festival committee member Adele MacDonald said the carols would be a unique, family-oriented event.
“The Koroit Rail Station and rail trail offers the perfect setting for the carols,” Mrs MacDonald said.
“The platform at the station serves as a ready-built stage and the beautiful gardens, maintained by the rail rail committee of management, are ideal for families to set out their picnic rugs and chairs, sit back, and enjoy the entertainment.”
Community involvement will be strong with the Lions club, the Irish festival, the Koroit CWA, the Koroit CFA, St Patrick’s Primary School Koroit and the Koroit and District Kindergarten among the groups to belt out a Christmas carol.
While there will be plenty of traditional carols sung during the day, there will also be a showcase of some of the town’s best young performers.
Kayla Dwyer, Tiosav Joy, Monique Brown, Barbara Brooks and Milly Morrow, Louis Chilton and Indie and Hudson Buckle will play carols and other songs to entertain the crowd.
The Irish festival’s involvement means there will be a green tinge to the Christmas celebrations.
This will include an Irish Santa as well as Irish Christmas presents to give away to patrons.
There will also be a Christmas joke competition and the Colour Angel will be in attendance.
People can bring their own food, drink, picnic rug or chair.
Moyne Shire is supporting the event with the loan of its marquee.