The festive spirit starts to get turned up a notch or 10 in the Illawarra this weekend.
If yuletide celebrations and Christmas carols are not your thing, then perhaps it would be best to stay away from Wollongong and the surrounding areas this weekend.
Santa Clauses of all shapes and sizes will be out in force this Saturday in Wollongong for the annual Santa Claus Pub Crawl.
The event has become an institution on the Illawarra calendar and will see about 10,000 santas hitting the various watering holes around the city all in the name of charity and a good time. More $129,000 was raised for charity in 2017.
This year funds will go to the Salvation Army and distributed locally via children's programs managed by the Jayne Wilson Foundation. This year marks the 25th year of the Santa Pub Crawl and organiser Neil Webster deserves a lot of accolades for what the event has achieved for both charity and community spirit.
While most of the santas are in recovery mode on Sunday, the Santa Fest Carols will no doubt attract plenty of families to Lang Park between 4-9 pm.
There will be a range of different carols events in communities across the Illawarra over the weekend.
Friday night sees Shellharbour’s popular carols night at Reddall Reserve at Lake Illawarra and Corrimal will be holding its annual carols at Ziems Park.
The popular Figtree community carols will be held on Saturday night at the high school from 5.30.
Not to be outdone the he Illawarra Choral Society and guests will perform Camille Saint Saens' Christmas Oratorio will be performing at Wollongong's Church on the Mall on Saturday from 2pm.
The festive celebrations truly get underway across this weekend.
Get out and be a part of the yuletide and community spirit.
The Illawarra Mercury will have images and live video from the 2018 Santa Claus Pub Crawl on Saturday afternoon and evening via illawarramercury.com.au or via our Facebook page.