Neat night out in The Square

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS - NI­CHOLAS MCBRIDE

Sun­screen and Santa hats were out as crowds en­joyed the per­fect day for Christ­mas in The Square.

An es­ti­mated 8000 peo­ple at­tended through­out the evening, tak­ing in food trucks, bouncy cas­tles, and a va­ri­ety of mu­si­cal and dance per­for­mances.

Event or­gan­iser Dun­can McCann said the evening was an in­sti­tu­tion on the Palmer­ston North hol­i­day cal­en­dar.

‘‘The free chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties all day, and also free en­ter­tain­ment – that is what it is about. Ev­ery­one had a great time. We were lucky it was a per­fect day.’’

McCann said the crowd en­joyed the mix­ture of dif­fer­ent acts, rang­ing from lo­cal singers and hip hop danc­ing to head­line act, the Rodger Fox Big Band.

Dar­ren West­well brought his daugh­ters Jemma, 7, and Kayla, 10, to check out the food and the per­for­mances.

‘‘There was noth­ing on TV so we thought we come down and see what it is about.’’

Theresa Sel­ley and daugh­ter Re­nee, 11, made the trip from Ash­hurst to en­joy their first taste of Christ­mas in The Square.

‘‘It’s cool. It’s re­ally cool. It’s free. It’s a fun night; lo­cal tal­ent – it’s awe­some.’’

Cory and Toni Neale re­turned to the event for their sec­ond time, bring­ing Jack, 18 months, and Ruby, 3, to en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties.

‘‘It is nice to have ac­tiv­i­ties like this and a lovely day to en­joy it.’’

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