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The Fairfield School choir sings carols before the lighting of the Octagon Christmas tree in Dunedin last night.
The tree was erected earlier this week by Dunedin City Council contractors, and is adorned with 16,400 lights.
The tree stands about 12m high, weighs almost a tonne and was given to the city by the Caversham Foundation more than a decade ago.
It will remain in the lower Octagon until just before New Year’s Eve.
All other council Christmas decorations will remain until the first week of January.