With just over a week before Christmas Day next Friday, Honiara city is already in the festive mood with the successful staging of the Carols in the Islands last Saturday.
Thousands of children and their parents flocked Lawson Tama to have fun and enjoy the event from 1pm to 9pm.
The programme started with pre-show entertainment from various groups before Santa arrived after parading from Henderson to Lawson Tama.
On arrival Santa and friends danced with the public and joined the futsal boys to perform on the stage, which made for a great entertainment.
Following the performance Santa gave out free carols in the Islands t-shirt to all futsal boys.
Drake Chow of DJ Graphics Ltd, which helped to organise the event, described the occasion as highly successful.
He said the turnout was very positive with the stadium being packed with people.
An estimated crowd of 20,000 people attended this year’s Carols in the Islands.
Chow acknowledged all those who have supported the colourful event.
“This was made possible with the support of major sponsors like Island Enterprises Ltd, Royal Solomon Islands police force, Anchor Dairy and DJ Graphics Ltd.”
He also thanked some of the groups who have been involved in the staging of the one day event.
A Honiara resident said the program was enjoyable because it was able to bring families and the city together to enjoy the evening through carol songs and be part of the festive mood.
Prior to the carols there were fun games and other activities being staged for the children.
Some of the children were able to win prizes during the day.
Security was also tight during the event with the presence of the police and other private security firms, which also contributed to the success of the event.
By CHARLES KADAMANA