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Celebrate Christmas in your own backyard

Auckland City Council
Media release

24 November 2008

Celebrate Christmas in your own backyard

Christmas is just around the corner and Auckland City Council is celebrating with eight free community Christmas events for everyone to enjoy.

Onehunga Christmas Lights brings a twinkling start to the festive season on 5 December with local music groups, carol singing, face painting, a visit from Santa and the traditional lighting of Jellicoe Park’s Christmas tree.

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

Otahuhu joins the Christmas festivities on 13 December with Christmas performances, face painting, clowns and a special visit from Santa.

Avondale spins its own Christmas web with the unique Carols by Spiderlight event on 14 December. This multicultural celebration includes carol singing, local performances and more

Arts, Culture and Recreation Committee chairperson, Councillor Greg Moyle, encourages everyone to come along.

“These events are a great opportunity for families and friends to get into the spirit of Christmas with others in their local community,” says Mr Moyle.

The council is proud to provide more than 60 free events this summer.

Community Christmas events are proudly provided by Auckland City Council with support from NZCT, RadioWorks and local community groups.

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


Note to editors – Christmas event calendar:

Onehunga Christmas Lights
Friday, 5 December, 7pm to 9pm
Jellicoe Park, Onehunga
Proudly supported by NZCT and Solid Gold

Carols by Candlelight Western Park
Friday, 12 December, 7pm to 9pm
Western Park, Ponsonby
Proudly supported by NZCT and Mai FM

Otahuhu Christmas Celebrations
Saturday, 13 December, 10am to 2pm
David Lange Memorial, Otahuhu
Proudly supported by NZCT, Mai FM and Otahuhu Mainstreet & Commercial Association

Carols by Candlelight Waiheke Island
Saturday, 13 December (rain date: Sunday, 14 December), 7pm to 10pm
Little Oneroa Beach Reserve

Carols by Candlelight Three Kings
Sunday, 14 December, 7pm to 9pm
Three Kings Reserve, Mt Roskill (rain venue: Mt Roskill Primary School, Frost Road)
Proudly supported by NZCT and More FM

Carols by Candlelight St Heliers
Sunday, 14 December, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
St Heliers Bay Primary School
Proudly supported by NZCT and The Breeze

Carols by Spiderlight
Sunday, 14 December, 7pm to 9pm
Avondale Town Square
Proudly supported by Avondale Business Association

Carols by Candlelight Potters Park
Sunday, 21 December, 7pm to 9.30pm
Potters Park, Balmoral
Proudly supported by NZCT and More FM

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