Palmy where it’s at this summer
Early in the summer season, retrieving your outdoor rug from its winter storage is recommended. There will be plenty of opportunity to throw it on the ground as you relax and enjoy the line-up of summer entertainment Palmerston North has to offer.
’’Council has funded a series of free Christmas themed events to provide options for people to enjoy festivities traditionally associated with Christmas,’’ says PNCC Manager- Community Engagement Ian Littleworth.
‘‘Having them in the city’s Square adds vibrancy to our town-centre and makes them accessible to everyone.’’
One of the first chances to use it will be on the evening of December 1, when an short, relaxed evening of Christmas carols will herald the beginning of the festive season and lighting of The Square’s Christmas tree.
’’Community groups and choirs are already rehearsing for their performances, for what will be a relaxed, family-orientated evening,’’ says Mr Littleworth.
‘‘People are encouraged to bring a blanket, enjoy the songs, prior to the countdown of the switching on of the Christmas tree lights.’’ The lights are due to be switched on at 8.15pm and carols will start at 7.30pm.
The following Sunday, December 4, The Square will be filled with the buzz of Christmas. Thousands of people are expected to be in town to enjoy the Christmas market that starts at 10am, followed by entertainment over picnics from 12 noon. At 2pm, the Christmas Parade will start its circuit around The Square.
Closer to Christmas Day, is the Christmas Concert in The Square on December 17.
‘‘This is the perfect way to spend a relaxing summer evening with loved ones,’’ says Littleworth. ‘‘It is a chance for people to relax and enjoy a festive community spirit, with children’s entertainment, a Christmas Night market and food trucks’’.
The concert will feature community entertainment with the drawcard being the much acclaimed Rodger Fox Big Band featuring Ray Woolf, Erna Ferry and Amy Hunt. It is expected that Father Christmas will also attend. The concert will run from 5pm – 9pm.
Palmerston North City Council has produced a 20 page booklet – Palmy is the Place to Be, which was distributed with rates accounts earlier this month.
The booklet highlights summer events being held in or near the city that are being produced with the assistance of Palmerston North City Council, or are being held at one of their venues. Copies of Palmy is the Place to Be booklet can be picked up from around the city, including the city’s libraries and the iSite or search - www.manawatunz.co.nz/summer events for further details.
The Palmerston North Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday December4when Father Christmas willmakehis first appearance.
Anevening of Christmas carols will celebrate the lighting of The Square’s Christmas tree.