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Countdown to Lights of Christmas 2014

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
8 Dec 2014

The spectacular Lights of Christmas will be launched at St Mary's Cathedral tomorrow night.

The  animated laser show with soundscape on the facade of the Cathedral is now in its fifth year and has become a tradition for hundreds of thousands of Sydneysiders as well as tourists.

This year there will be entertainment prior to the official "switch on" including the St Mary's Cathedral Boy's Choir, Aria award winner Paulini and tenor Mark Vincent.

The Lights of Christmas 2014 is presented by PAYCE who will also host an Opening Night celebration in a marquee in Cathedral Square.

The entertainment will be hosted by Channel TEN newsreader Sandra Sully. Sandra  will also introduce  the Vice Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University, Prof Greg Craven. ACU is a foundation partner of the Lights of Christmas and official Education Partner.

Just before 8.30pm Sandra will then introduce Sydney's new Archbishop, the Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP who will "switch on" this year's Lights of Christmas.

The Light show will then run through to midnight every night.

PAYCE Chairman Brian Boyd said he is very much looking forward to the Opening tomorrow night and every night of the light display right through to Christmas Night.

He said this free event truly embraces the spirit of community and Christmas. Part from opening night PAYCE is also hosting a night for their own employees and on Thursday night a very special community and charity night to support many of the homeless of Sydney and in particular Matthew Talbot Hostel and the Brown Nurses.

However a number of other organisations are supporting the Lights if Christmas including Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria who will be making battery-operated candles available for everyone and encouraging a gold donation for the charities.

Catholic Super is also a supporter along with Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Australian Catholic Superannuation and Retirement Fund.

Everyone is encouraging to come along to the Lights of Christmas where there will be a range of entertainment on the steps of the Cathedral every night before the Lights at 8.30 right through to Christmas Night.

The Opening Night will be streamed live on xt3.com.