WITH carols playing in the background, decorations covering the room and Christmas hats on their heads, it's easy to see why Talia and Kyle of Tallowood School are excited about Christmas.
For their principal Carol Robson seeing decorations being hung and her students spreading Christmas cheer means Christmas in The Hills is only days away.
The market and carols event will raise money for Tallowood, a Kellyville school which caters for students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities.
Lifestart and Woodbury, both at Balcombe Heights Estate in Baulkham Hills, will also benefit.
Tallowood School opened with four classes and has grown to have 100 children, in 16 classes.
Students travel from the Hawkesbury, Penrith, Blacktown, St Marys, Mt Druitt and other suburbs to attend classes which meet their needs.
Ms Robson said a school bus was now on the Christmas wish list.
Proceeds raised from the event would go towards buying their third bus.
"A lot of our students go out into the community and participate in projects like Sailability and Riding for the Disabled — which is vital in their education," Ms Robson said.
"Some of our students are able to catch a public bus but many others cannot."
This year Beaumont Hills resident Lauren Huxley, who survived a violent attack in 2005, will join Parramatta Eels player Tim Mannah in opening the second Christmas in The Hills at Bella Vista Farm.
Last year Woodbury benefited from proceeds raised from the event.
Ms Robson said the school was grateful to be one of this year's beneficiaries.
"I am amazed at the wonderful and generous spirit of people in the community," she said.
"A community working together to support our special children.
"It's the opportunity to raise funds for three worthwhile charities."
Christmas in The Hills is on Wednesday, December 18, at Bella Vista Farm. The family event, co-ordinated by St Paul’s Anglican, St Bernadette’s Catholic and Wesley Uniting churches and Parramatta Salvation Army, will include Christmas markets and carols by candlelight from 3pm.
It will be officially opened by Lauren Huxley and Parramatta Eels player Tim Mannah.
Tickets: $5 or $15 a family, at castlehillrsl.com.au or at the gate.