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Wellington Celebrates with Capital Christmas this weekend

NEWS RELEASE
3 December 2013

Wellington Celebrates with Capital Christmas this weekend

This Sunday 8 December Wellington’s Christmas celebrations kick off with Capital Christmas.

A day of festive fun for the whole family, Capital Christmas starts at 2pm with the 65th annual Santa Parade, and incorporates Santa’s Party at Frank Kitts Park, and Carols by Candlelight in the evening.

The 2013 Santa Parade features an amazing array of floats and children’s characters, including Angelina Ballerina and Bob the Builder. There are lots of new additions to the parade, including a Wild West float complete with horses, and look out for Harry, Ron and Hermione making their first appearance on the Harry Potter float.

The Council’s Manager, City Events Warrick Dent, says the Santa Parade grows every year, with more floats, bands and performers, but the fundamentals don’t change, the Santa Parade is special celebration for the children and something Wellingtonians look forward to all year.

“We are expecting more than 60,000 at the Santa Parade so our advice is to get there early to grab the best viewing spots” says Warrick.

After the parade families can head to Frank Kitts Park where Santa is hosting a party for the kids in Frank Kitts Park. Santa’s Party is a chance for the wee ones to have their own carol sing-along, and there’ll be plenty of delicious food and festive entertainment too.

At 7pm Carols by Candlelight returns to Frank Kitts Park and host Nick Tansley is expecting more than 10,000 Christmas revellers at the carol service under the stars.

Local vocalists Bella Kalolo, David Feehan and Andrea Sanders of the Beat Girls will be lending their star power to the mix, along with ZM’s Polly Gillespie and harmonica player Kurt X.

There will be a number of road closures and temporary parking restrictions in the central city on the day.

For travel information, go to metlink.co.nz or phone them on 0800 801 700. For cancellations, listen to Newstalk ZB at 9am on Sunday. Otherwise, check our website or phone 499 4444.

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