Cadence King, 3yrs, Olivia King, 6yrs, and Shelbi Olive, 6yrs, at the King Edward Park carols. Picture by Ryan OslandTHE air filled with song at King Edward Park last night for the Newcastle Herald Carols by Candlelight.

An enthusiastic audience of about 9000 took their picnic blankets and settled in for the night to hear festive classics from a range of performers.

Ultra Swing Lounge joined local favourite Adam Scicluna to lead the carols, which were accompanied by the Milton Ward Orchestra.

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A number of other performers entertained the crowd sprawled across the grass including the Herald Angels choir and the Scallywagz.

Lord mayor John Tate officially started proceedings at 7pm and celebrations continued long into the night.

The park was packed out with families as young and old got involved in the festive spirit.

Many of the spectators donned reindeer ears and other festive decorations and when the sun went down the candles and glow sticks came out to light up the night.

A special appearance from Santa Claus just days before his big world trip capped off a perfect evening.

If you’re looking for a carols event to attend this evening, Pacific Park will be holding theirs at 6pm. Northlakes Salvation Army Carols by Candlelight is also on tonight at Macquarie College Wallsend. Gates are open now, the main show is at 8pm and fireworks at 9.30pm.