Coca-Cola Christ­mas in the Park is back

Auckland City Harbour News - - MILESTONES - STAFF RE­PORTER

It’s that time of the year again to get in to the Christ­mas spirit.

On De­cem­ber 10, Auck­land Do­main will once again be filled with mu­sic and fes­tive cheer for Coca-Cola’s Christ­mas in the Park.

But this year’s edi­tion will be the big­gest yet with a brand new high tech stage, one of the largest ever de­signed and built in New Zealand.

‘‘Con­cert go­ers will en­joy a global arena style pre­sen­ta­tion, with a 66 me­tre arc of LED screens of­fer­ing one of the widest panorama pro­jec­tions ever present in New Zealand,’’ An­nette Chilling­worth from Coca-Cola says.

This is a stark con­trast to the first Christ­mas in the Park which was held in 1994 on a 15m stage on the cricket pavil­ion.

Since then hundreds and thou­sands of Kiwis have flocked over to the do­main to cel­e­brate the start of the fes­tive-sea­son.

Over 100,000 peo­ple of all ages at­tended last year’s event at the do­main.

The pop­u­lar con­cert is a multi-cul­tural show­case of tal­ent which fea­tures some of our very own home-grown per­form­ers.

Stan Walker will head a starstud­ded line up and will be joined by some of New Zealand’s top per­form­ers Tami Niel­son, Vince Harder, Lav­ina Wil­liams, Barry Con­rad and Nyree Huyser.

Lo­cal acts will also fea­ture in­clud­ing dancers, singers and mu­si­cians.

Chris Litch­field from Co­caCola NZ says the event is a world class pro­duc­tion and wor­thy of a world class stage.

‘‘From the very first con­cert, it’s grown to be an im­pres­sive show­case of great Kiwi tal­ent, spec­tac­u­lar fire­works and has be­come a don’t-miss iconic event for hundreds of thou­sands of Kiwis,’’ he says.

The peo­ple of Christchurch will get the first glimpse of the new stage on Novem­ber 26 at North Hagley Park be­fore it comes up to Auck­land.

As with pre­vi­ous years the event will be al­co­hol free and there will be road clo­sures in the lead up to the day.

The con­cert will be led by MORE FM’s Si­mon Bar­nett and for those who can’t at­tend a 60 minute spe­cial will air on TV2 at 6 pm on De­cem­ber 18.

The free fam­ily event will again be sup­port­ing Youth­line and con­cert go­ers are able to buy a light stick or do­nate to the vol­un­teer col­lec­tors.

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Coca-Cola Christ­mas in the Park re­turns to the Auck­land Do­main on De­cem­ber 10.

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