Christmas in the Park is back – better than ever
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.