Re-enactment still the inn thing
THE annual Stable on The Strand festivities are being hailed a success.
Record numbers have already flocked to witness the story of Christmas being brought to life.
And with two nights to go before the event wraps up, organisers believe it can only get better.
‘‘We are aiming for about 25,000 people for the whole event and we are well on target,’’ marketing executive Peter Treasure said.
‘‘It’s been well received by the community and we are getting great numbers to the Stable— outdoing what we have done before.
‘‘We estimate an excess of 10,000 people have gone through over the last couple of nights, so we are averaging 5000 a night which is pretty good.’’
The 20,000 pieces of cake that were sliced to celebrate the birth of Christ is being quickly snapped up by the eager visitors.
Mr Treasure said visitors had enjoyed not only the cake but, more importantly, the stable experience.
‘‘The feedback has been excellent,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a very theatrical, a very moving experience for a lot of people especially for Christians.
‘‘But even just for the community it has been a very moving experience to go through and actually see and understand the meaning of Christmas.’’
A host of entertainment is planned for the coming two nights.
In addition to the nightly Live on The Strand Christmas story, tonight will boast a performance by Aboriginal artist Lexine Solomon and singing group The Resonators.
Tomorrow night will feature a Honolulu theme night at youth area as well as a iron man competition and a skating demonstration.
Mr Treasure said clowns, bubble blowing, singing and dancing will also be among the festivities.
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