Palmy where it’s at this sum­mer

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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.

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