The Warwick Castle courtyard was packed with the full house crown on Saturday night as the event returned to its original venue.
Even a little rain during the evening failed to dampen spirits and the walls of the Castle echoed to the sound of 3,000 people singing along to carols led by the choirs of St Mary’s, Warwick and dancing around to Christmas tunes from Royal Spa Brass.
Guest presenter Annie Othen, an award-winning broadcaster, told Christmas stories and encouraged the crowd in singing competitions culminating in a rousing ‘The twelve days of Christmas’ with appropriate actions for each day.
There was no shortage of refreshment for the occasion with Mulled wine and other beverages and a good selection of hot food.
The concert raises a five-figure sum for local charities and good causes every year.
The money is distributed to support local good causes by Warwick Lions, Merlin’s Magic Wand, Rotary Club of Warwick, Royal Spa Brass and the Friends of St Mary’s Choir.
Warwick Castle provides the facilities and sponsors dig deep to contribute to maximise the money raised for the charities.
Warwick Independent Schools were again lead sponsors this year with projections on the Castle walls, additional supporting sponsors comprised The University of Warwick, Leamington Mazda, Warwick Printing, Warwick Castle and marketing and PR company LMMC.