Christmas in the Park set to rock this year

Date published: November 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Comments

This year’s festive celebrations in Kawerau will take place on Saturday 15th December and after two rain soaked years, hopefully this year the Eastern Bay will enjoy plenty of sunshine for Kawerau’s Christmas in the Park 2012.

The day will start as usual with the Kawerau Santa Parade which will take place at 11am leaving from behind the Ron Hardie Recreation Centre for its two laps around the township. Registration forms are available at the Kawerau District Council and Kawerau Information Centre or check out the new website.

For the local community it’s time to get behind the event and put together your float, KDC event Coordinator Lee Barton said “The bigger, the brighter-the better; and with plenty of prizes up for grabs it is definitely worth going that extra little step to put together that winning float.”

Categories this year are Business, Community, School, Pre-School or Kohanga Reo, Individual or Individual Bike. From 1.30pm the Radio 1XX Community Christmas Concert will take to the stage at Prideaux Park (which will be full of fun rides and food for all age groups) and will demonstrate the finest Eastern Bay of Plenty talent. “Radio 1XX have been taking registrations of interest from local artists and the show line up is now being finalised, and it is shaping up to be a fantastic warm up for the evening variety show.”

The evening show will once again see a strong line up of artists, with big names already booked for this year’s finale to Kawerau Christmas in the Park. Featured Artists for the 2012 show are the popular reggae band 1814. Straight from Coca Cola Christmas in the Park 2012 stage will be Sharon Emirali. Also sharing the stage is Elisha Fa’i – Hulton, a very special Samoan soprano voice. New talents include Auckland based singer songwriter, Haylee Nitschke and the ‘maori el divo group’, The Waiariki Trio. More to be announced soon…

Regular MC and singer Russell Harrison says, “Coming and performing in Kawerau is real special for me and my family. Christmas is a time of joy and this year’s show is all about bringing the joy of Christmas to all…..”

Mr Barton finishes with “The Show Director will once again provide a blend of entertainment to suit all age groups and 10 hours of entertainment is set to be capped off with a spectacular firework display.”

The organisers would also like to politely remind members of the public attending this year that it is a family focussed event with no drugs, alcohol or gang regalia permitted into the venue.

Source: Lee Barton, KDC