MORE than 1,000 youngsters are expected to mount the steps of Portsmouth’s Guildhall to take part in the city’s Christmas carols school concert.
The event attracts hundreds of spectators and anyone is welcome to join in the singing.
Children taking part come from more than 30 schools across the Portsmouth area.
The free concert is organised by Portsmouth City Council and will include a visit from Father Christmas, who will greet the children and mingle with the audience.
Lord Mayor Councillor Frank Jonas will switch on the lights on the Guildhall Square Christmas tree at the beginning of the concert.
Salvation Army Portsmouth Citadel Band will also play, and the Portsmouth Music Service will conduct the schools.
Each school has been asked to donate two presents, which will be collected by Santa’s elf at the event and later given to disadvantaged children across the city.
A competition was held to design the front cover of the programme for the carols concert.
The winner drawing was done by Sadie Wilson, from Wimborne Junior School in Southsea.
Sadie’s design shows Father Christmas singing.
A selection of front-cover designs will be shown during the event on the Big Screen in the square.
The concert will take place on Monday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.