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Otara Christmas Extravaganza on 6 & 7 December

Otara Christmas Extravaganza on 6 & 7 December 2002

The Christmas season kicks off with a blast with the Otara Christmas Extravaganza on 6 & 7 December 2002.

For the second year, the annual Otara Christmas Carols event and the Otara Xmas Family Fun Day will combine in another spectacular Christmas event.

The Otara Christmas Extravaganza is organised by a partnership between community groups and Manukau City Council, and is all about families having fun together and promoting local talent.

On Friday evening head to the Otara Leisure Centre on Newbury Street for a showcase of local musical talent. A warm welcome at 7pm is followed by items from a number of Otara schools and well known local talents.

“We’re even going to have a special appearance by the main man himself – Santa Claus – at about 8.30pm,” says Council’s community advisor, Robyn Allpress.

“Crowd participation in the Christmas Carols is encouraged, so sing your hearts out and enjoy the feeling of Christmas.”

There will also be a mini flea market for concert goers to enjoy a spate of Xmas shopping as well as food stalls to ensure no one goes hungry.

Continuing the festivities on Saturday is the fun day at the Norman Kirk Memorial Pools. Robyn says that the kids will be lavished with a huge variety of activities.

“We’ve got the All Star Party works with a tug-o-war and surf simulator, novelty swim races, a bombing competition and aqua runs. Then there’s the bouncy castle for the youngsters, and the Toy Hire Company’s toddler's playground and play gym. The Milo truck will be there and we have heaps of give-aways from our kind sponsors.”

The mobile library featuring Tusitara will also be there with give-aways and a colouring competition.

And it’s not just games and activities on offer. Performances on the 7th will be given by Bairds Mainfreight Primary School’s Samoan Group, Cook Island Group, Kapa Haka, the Family Life Education Pasifika Band, and “Home Grown” Special Guests. A karaoke competition will also be held.

So, if it’s a memorable Christmas that you want, come on down and begin your memories at the Otara Christmas Extravaganza!

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