TWEED residents are being urged to celebrate the traditional Christmas message at the annual carnival and Christmas Tableau at Murwillumbah's Scared Heart Church on Saturday.
Students from Mt St Patrick College and primary school and St Joseph's Primary School at Murwillumbah are involved in the carnival and tableau presentation organised by the Sacred Heart parish.
Families are invited to enjoy the carnival, which starts at 5.30pm, featuring stalls and children's activities, and the tableau performance at about 8pm.
A spokesperson for the church said the performance was "bound to spark that special Christmas magic".
"Voices will be lifted up in songs of praise at the traditional celebration of Christmas in Murwillumbah - the Christmas Tableau," the spokesperson said.
The first Christmas carnival and pageant, as it was then known, was held at the church in 1961, when around 2500 people attended with gate takings of 965 pounds - which was later used to renovate Mt St Patrick school.
The carnival remains a popular occasion with both the parish and school communities working together.