After several years of Covid-19 disruption, the Combined Churches of Oamaru are bringing back the free, public event.
Salvation Army Captain Jocelyn Smith, who is spearheading this year’s event, said a broad range of community groups would come together for a multicultural celebration of the story of Christmas.
"The Christmas story is about spreading love and peace and hope and joy at a time when the world needs it the most," Mrs Smith said.
She said she looking forward to "having a bit of a party".
"There will be kapa haka, choirs, Pasifika groups, the Garrison band and we’ll have carol sheets out," Mrs Smith said.
Historically, the House of Breakthrough has run the event, but this year The Salvation Army is working with them and other organisations to make it a collaborative event.
"It’s exciting to all band together with one heart and one mission to tell the story of Christmas, " Mrs Smith said.
"There will be bouncy castles, a sausage sizzle with the Lions Club, popcorn and candy floss and fun activities, like face painting."
People can bring their own picnics, although the family friendly event is alcohol-free.
A canned food or gold coin donation for entry will be donated to Oamaru’s two foodbanks, Oamaru Food Bank and Salvation Army foodbank, providing food for those in need.
Prizes will be given for the best dressed angels and shepherds.
Christmas Carols in the Gardens is on Saturday, December 8, at 6pm, at the Band Rotunda in the Oamaru Public Gardens.