Carols fall victim to the pandemic, again


Tara Murray

Brimbank council’s Carols at the Castle won’t go ahead for a second straight year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The council has announced that the much-loved event that is held at Overnewton Castle won’t go ahead.

The carols usually include a big line-up of performers, with Santa and other Christmas characters also attending

The carols are also an important fundraiser, with money from tickets and merchandise going to the Brimbank Community Fund, which supports Brimbank’s most vulnerable.

Brimbank is one of a number of council’s that have decided to not go ahead with carols events this year. Nearby Hume council has also cancelled its carols.

Last year, popular Brimbank artists Aurora Kurth and Lissa Dawson shared their favourite festive songs pre-recorded at Overnewton Castle, which was shared online for people to enjoy at home.

While there will be no carols, residents will notice the municipality starting to look a lot like Christmas from later this month.

From late November, there will be a range of festive events and activities, including the annual Giving Tree program, and plenty of entertainment featuring the return of the popular ‘Santa Comes to You’ activation.

Santa and his traveling sleigh is returning this year to spread Christmas cheer to the community, by visiting several residential areas and bringing joy to many families.

The free activity is expected to reach more than 7000 residents and has proven very popular with communities.

The council will have more to share about its Christmas plans in the coming weeks.

While the council’s carols might not go ahead, some local groups are set to host events.

Brimbank Presbyterian Church in Taylors Hill is advertising an event on December 18.