Christ­mas in the Park is back – bet­ter than ever

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Mu­sic, dance, drama and Christ­mas car­ols will be on the menu at Els­don Park for the an­nual Christ­mas at the Park fes­ti­val on De­cem­ber 13.

The fam­ily-friendly event started with a few peo­ple singing car­ols out­side the Ti­tahi Bay Post Of­fice and in North City Plaza (then K-Mart Plaza) 20 years ago.

‘‘Now it’s a real ma­jor event for our city and is an ex­am­ple of churches and com­mu­nity com­ing to­gether,’’ said Robert Brace, chair­man of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee.

Fea­tures of this year’s lineup in­clude Ti­tahi Bay artist Ainslie Allen, The Funky Mon­keys, Zone Dance Academy and Es­teem Dance Crew.

New faces in­clude two Aotea Col­lege bar­ber­shop groups and Choir­boy, a rap artist from Wainuiomata who has per­formed around Asia and now works in Aus­tralia and Welling­ton.

The pop­u­lar Ukes of Welling­ton are also re­turn­ing.

‘‘ Leader Shane McAl­lis­ter’s en­thu­si­asm is con­ta­gious, as is the in­fec­tious sound of 60 lo­cal chil­dren play­ing their ukule­les,’’ Brace said.

‘‘You can’t beat that for hap­pi­ness and cel­e­bra­tion.’’

Porirua artist Fu­atino Malo joins the lineup and Richard Te Tau’s res­i­dent band will ac­com­pany the car­ols by can­dle­light.

The evening will fin­ish with mu­sic and fire­works.

Last year 9000 peo­ple at­tended the event.

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