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The Square lights up for Christmas

Monday November 28 2016

Palmerston North's community choirs and kapa haka groups are warming up for the city's first official event of the Christmas season this Thursday evening.

Christmas Tree in The Square

This Thursday, December 1, two local choirs and two kapa haka groups will perform around The Square’s Christmas tree. The event heralds in the Christmas season and includes the tree’s festive lights being switched on.

Palmerston North City Council’s events team have organised the short, relaxed family-friendly event that also gives some of our local community groups an opportunity to perform in public. Those attending are also encouraged to join in with the singing, and song sheets will be distributed on the night.

The event starts at 7.30pm. The groups performing are:

  • Six to Sixty choir - a group of singers of all ages, levels who meet at Square Edge every Thursday for fun, voice lessons and confidence. The group is run by Amy Hunt.
  • Ngā Iti Rearea and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Manawatū Kapa Haka groups will join together for the first time to perform a local waiata, as well as some Christmas carols.
  • The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa Sunday School Children’s Choir will be performing some traditional Polynesian music and carols. We are expecting between 30 – 40 performers aged under 24 years.

Mayor Grant Smith will turn on the Christmas tree lights about 8.20pm. Although it won't be dark yet, the time has been chosen to accommodate families with younger children.

The evening will end with a karakia from Rangitāne kaumatua Wiremu Kingi Te Awe Awe.

Square Edge is also hosting a Christmas themed event on the same evening, with a Christmas market and other seasonal activities at the arts centre from 4pm to 8pm. Having two events in close proximity allows people to combine the two to make a night out even more special.