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Carolling in the park at The Beach

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O what fun it is to... sing

Singing carols with family, friends and the community... What a wonderful free family tradition! This event is now in its 25th edition. It takes place in Glen Stewart Park (south of the wooden bridge) in The Beach. You can expect 800 to 2,000 participants, depending on the weather. When I attended the event, there were approximately one thousand around the stage. Most arrived in the last 15 minutes before the entertainment started. (You can easily find street parking east and west of the park and on the side streets.)

I've seen serious carollers with head flashlights! Many families had brought large candles set in styrofoam glass (so they don't drip on the mittens). The Salvation Army provides hot chocolate with little marshmallows (suggested donation of $2) and the Salvation Army Band offers lyrics to the songs (you might have to share with your neighbour). 

We sang for a full hour, laughing at purposely lame jokes thrown by the host in between the songs ("I smell carrot, don't you?, asks one snowman to another.) As a bonus, Santa showed up at the end.

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