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Hot air balloon spectacular to light up the sky in Hororata

Hororata is once again planning a special festival which will entertain and delight while benefiting the community. To be held Saturday, 28th April 2018 the Hororata Night Glow will be a spectacular festival with hot air balloons lighting up the night sky, music, the best food and wine the Selwyn district has on offer, crafts stalls and heaps of family entertainment.

“The Hororata Night Glow has already captured people’s imagination with over 12,000 following the festival on Facebook. Hot air balloons have a certain magic that intrigues young and old, to see them ‘glowing’ in unison to music is a rare and exciting opportunity,” explained Hororata Community Trust Executive Officer, Cindy Driscoll. “While the balloons are the headline act of the Hororata Night Glow the autumn festival surrounding their performance will offer a whole range of entertainment, making this a great afternoon out.”

The event has amazing artists lined up to entertain the crowd including Holly Kimber, Volts and The Easy Hearts. Inflatable Mini golf and Springfree trampolines will both be free for children to play on. Archery and many more fun activities are planned.

“Food is going to be a big focus of the Hororata Night Glow. We will have a huge range of street food on offer. We are also working with the Selwyn Council to have the ‘Sensational Selwyn Food and Wine trail’ at the event where people can sample the best our district has to offer,” said Cindy.

The Hororata Night Glow is a community event which will bring many benefits, primarily raising the profile of this dynamic rural community. There are a number of large-scale projects in the pipeline for this district, including the proposed new Hororata Community Centre which could benefit from the event once it is established.

“The Hororata Community Trust has a proven track record of running great festivals, for example, the Hororata Highland Games. We have a strong, passionate and willing community who give their time to make these events amazing and the Hororata Night Glow will be no different. The advantage our community has to stage this event is that local balloon operator; Ballooning Canterbury has the passion, contacts and knowledge to get the balloons to Hororata.

There is no other Night Glow event in the South Island; the Hororata Domain is a fabulous venue, free onsite parking, an afternoon of food, music and entertainment concluding with hot air balloons lighting the sky and more music, we have the recipe for a successful festival,” concluded Cindy.

The Hororata Night Glow will be held Saturday 28th April 2018 at the Hororata Domain, 3pm – 8.30pm. Postponement date is Sunday 29th April. Tickets are $20 per person, 16 years and under free, cash only at the gate. More information can be found at or on Facebook.


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