Neat night out in The Square
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.’’