Xmas tree erected in Square
Despite blustery conditions, workers have successfully erected Palmerston North’s Christmas tree in The Square.
Everything had to be ready for the switch-on of the tree’s festive lights at 8.20pm on Thursday, and the tree went up without too many worries on Monday, city community engagement manager Ian Littleworth said.
Thursday’s tree-lighting is the first official Christmas celebration on the city advent calendar, and gets under way at 7.30pm with performances from kapa haka groups and two choirs.
Littleworth said that although it wouldn’t be dark, the Thursday 8.20pm switch-on by mayor Grant Smith was timed to accommodate families with younger children.
A kapa haka group performing on Thursday are regional champions. Nga Iti Rearea – the Little Bellbirds – from Monrad Inter- mediate, were winners of the Ko Whiri Tika Mai, ManawatuHorowhenua kapa haka competition, and have qualified for next year’s national Te Mana Kuratahi competition in Gisborne.
More carolling, along with traditional Polynesian songs, will be provided by the young people of the 30-40 voice Congregational Christian Church of Samoa Sunday School Children’s Choir.
The other choral group is the Six to Sixty choir.
Council worker Jason Broom puts the finishing touches to the city Christmas tree.