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We wish you a Merry Christmas

AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL

MEDIA RELEASE

14 November 2007

We wish you a Merry Christmas

Santa is on his way and Auckland City Council is celebrating with eight free community Christmas events for everyone to enjoy.

Families and friends are encouraged to share the spirit of the festive season with others in their local community.

There’s a twinkling start to this year’s celebrations, with the Onehunga Christmas Lights event on 30 November featuring local music groups, carol singing, face painting, a visit from the big guy and the lighting of Jellicoe Park’s Christmas tree.

A Christmas tradition in Auckland for decades, Carols by Candlelight events take place during December in Three Kings, Ponsonby, Waiheke Island, St Heliers and Balmoral – giving Aucklanders the chance to sing their hearts out to their favourite festive tunes.

Otahuhu celebrates Christmas on 15 December with brass bands, choirs and family entertainment along the main street and in Criterion Square.

Avondale Town Square will come alive on 16 December for the suburb’s own unique multicultural Carols by Spiderlight event featuring local performances, carol singing and more.

The council is proud to bring people more than 60 free events to enjoy this summer.

Visit www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/christmas for more information.

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Note to editors

Christmas event calendar:

Onehunga Christmas Lights
Friday, 30 November, 7pm to 9pm
Jellicoe Park
Proudly supported by New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) and Solid Gold

Carols by Candlelight Three Kings
Sunday, 9 December, 7pm to 9.15pm
Three Kings Reserve, Mt Roskill
Proudly supported by New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) and More FM

Carols by Candlelight Western Park
Friday, 14 December, 7pm to 10pm
Western Park, Ponsonby
Proudly supported by New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) and The Breeze

Otahuhu Christmas Celebrations
Saturday, 15 December, 10am to 2pm
Criterion Square, Otahuhu
Proudly presented in partnership with Otahuhu Mainstreet & Commercial Association and Radio 531pi

Carols by Candlelight Waiheke Island
Saturday, 15 December (rain date: Sunday, 16 December), 7pm to 10pm
Little Oneroa Beach Reserve
Proudly supported by Sealink

Carols by Candlelight St Heliers
Sunday, 16 December, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
St Heliers School
Proudly supported by New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT), The Breeze and Eastern Bays Community Board

Carols by Spiderlight
Sunday, 16 December, 7pm to 9pm
Avondale Town Square
Proudly supported by Avondale Business Association

Carols by Candlelight Potters Park
Sunday, 16 December, 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Potters Park, Balmoral
(rain venue: Mt Eden War Memorial Hall)
Proudly supported by New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) and More FM

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