With 2016 drawing to a close, Beach Hotel general manager Elke Van Haandel looks forward to Sunday’s Local Xmas Day for a big community get-together! She spoke with The Echo about what’s in store!
What is the idea of your Locals’ Xmas Day?
Pre-Christmas is a relatively quiet time of year in Byron so it’s nice to invite the locals and families to come celebrate Christmas on a Sunday afternoon.
This Sunday session looks a little different with a family focus, with face painting, craft tables for making Christmas decorations, and an elf handing out presents to the kiddies. We have food samples and some great drink specials so it’s a perfect place to get families together for a Christmas drink.
Who are the bands that are playing on the day?
We will have Late for Woodstock playing.
Can you tell me about the local charity you are raising money for?
All raised funds for the day including the Stone & Wood Karma Keg (punters pay what they like for their beer; the more you pay, the better karma) will go the The YAC in support of their ongoing support of the youth of our area.
What have been the highlights of 2016 for the Beach Hotel?
We’re still recovering from the last few weeks with De Las Soul, Boy and Bear, and then Hamish and Andy with Temper Trap all in a matter of weeks.
What’s ahead for the rest of 2016?
It’s the calm before the storm with our lovely locals day on Sunday then the crazy post-Xmas rush finishing with our Paradise Found NYE event, a mini-festival in the centre of town!
Should people turn up in anything in particular?
A little touch of Christmas would be great, but we are all for comfort at the Beachy.
What is the Beach Hotel’s Xmas wish for the community this year?
A safe and happy holiday period and plenty of time to relax!
Sunday from 3pm at the Beach Hotel.