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Telecom Tree Lights up Christchurch

Thursday 6 December, 2012

Telecom Tree Lights up Christchurch

Free family entertainment in Latimer Square this Saturday night

Telecom New Zealand is once again lighting up the heart of Christchurch, with its 7-storey high Christmas tree launching at a special family event this Saturday 8 December in Latimer Square.

Entertainment will begin from 7pm, with Kiwi singer-song writers Lisa Crawley and Massad treating the crowd to some home-grown music from around 8.15pm, and the lighting of the tree taking place at around 9pm.

Telecom Chief Executive for Retail Chris Quin says that the he was delighted to bring the tree back to Christchurch for the second year in a row, and that Telecom was proud to be part of ‘Christmas on Latimer’ – the new home of Christmas in Christchurch.

“On opening night, we’re encouraging everyone to come down to Latimer Square – bring your family and enjoy the spectacular display.

“We will have some very exciting special guests performing - and whether you’re 9 or 90, you can’t help but feel the magic of Christmas when you see light rush up the 7-storey high Telecom Tree to the star at the top,” says Mr Quin.

Mr Quin said that a light show will run on the Tree from dusk till dawn every night until Boxing Day, and Telecom will once again be offering the opportunity to design your own lighting display via the Telecom Tree website http://www.telecomtree.co.nz/. The website gives step-by-step instructions on how to choose the colour and pattern of each lighting display and people can also choose when they want their display to “play” on the tree, so that they can visit Latimer Square to see it.

To help share the spirit of Christmas, Telecom is encouraging visitors to the Tree to bring Christmas presents for children in need, and place them in a gift box at the base of the tree. The gifts will be distributed by the Telecom Foundation to the Cholmondeley Children’s Home in Christchurch.

Children (and adults!) who want to tell Santa their Christmas wishes can call the Telecom Santaline for free from special phone boxes at the base of the Tree. Or if they prefer to wait until they get home, they can contact Santa via Telecom on 0800 222 222 every day until Christmas.

What: Lighting of the Telecom Christmas Tree

Where: Latimer Square, Christchurch

When: Saturday 8 December

7.00pm – Entertainment begins

9.00pm - Lighting ceremony takes place

Info: http://www.telecomtree.co.nz/

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