Get ready for Christmas in the Park

Photo: Newsline
Photo: Newsline
The festive season will starts with a bang on Saturday night as Christchurch hosts Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park.

Tens of thousands of people are expected at North Hagley Park for the popular free event, which begins at 7.30pm and ends about 10pm with a fabulous fireworks finale.

Rising pop star Robinson will headline the show. She will be sharing the stage with performers including Lavina Williams, Vince Harder, Tom Batchelor, Ella Monnery, Victor Hawkins-Sulfa and Nyree Huyser.

Dancers from JK Performing Arts will also take to the stage at Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park.

Ten leading dance schools - from ballerinas to belly dancers, contemporary and hip hop - will showcase their top performers, alongside the nation’s best and brightest talent and backed by a 20-piece band.

The line-up, drawn from every corner of Christchurch, includes JK Performing Arts, Impact Stage and Dance School, Levings School of Dance, Silhouette Studios, Firefly Belly Dance, Garden City Dance Academy, Empress of T’s House of Dance, Studio 42 Elite, Annaliese Gilberd Academy and Rangi Ruru Girls School’s Elite Dance Company.  

"The extraordinarily talented Christchurch dance line-up has been selected for the incredible enthusiasm, energy and passion they’ll bring to the big stage. Representing a diverse range of cultures, the dancers will weave their own special onstage colour, movement and magic throughout the show,'' says head choreographer Turanga Merito.

“For many dancers the Christchurch concert will be their first appearance in front of a massive live audience of family, friends and local communities and taking part in Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park will be the realisation of a dream come true.”

Dancers from the JK Performing Arts are among those who will take the stage at Coca-Cola...
Dancers from the JK Performing Arts are among those who will take the stage at Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park.
Getting there
Concert-goers are being advised to plan their journey and allow plenty of time to get there.

There will be no general public parking in Hagley Park on the night and the Botanic Gardens car park will be closed to incoming traffic from 3pm, with the exception of mobility card-holders.

For parking options in the central city check the Christchurch City Council website.

Park Tce will be closed to traffic between Dorset St and Bealey Ave from 5pm to 11.30pm. There will also be lane drop on Carlton Mill Rd and Park Tce and a turning lane closure on Bealey Ave.

North-bound traffic on Park Tce will be detoured right onto Salisbury St to Montreal St and up Montreal St to Bealey Ave.

South-bound traffic on Carlton Mill Rd will be detoured left onto Bealey Ave, right onto Durham St, and then right onto Kilmore St.

If the weather is bad on Saturday, Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park will be postponed until Sunday, December 1. 



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