Topic: Kawerau Christmas In The Park

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The first Kawerau Christmas In The Park was held Saturday 12 December 1998 and has continued to be a success ever since.

Prior to 1998, various events such as Christmas parades had been held, but this was the first formal Kawerau Christmas In The Park. 4000 people attended the first show at Prideaux Park and were entertained by 21 local acts over the 10 hour show. A Christmas parade was planned as part of the celebrations but was cancelled on the Friday night after only receiving 3 registrations. However that didn't stop the unregistered floats arriving the next day.

Since the first event in 1998, numbers continued to grow with over 10, 000 people attending the 2012 event. Entertainers over the years have included Sir Howard Morrison, Temuera Morrison, Russell Harrison, Suzanne Lynch and Ardijah. The Christmas parade, fireworks extravaganza and popular entertainment are now firmly enshrined as one of Kawerau's festivals.

Kawerau Christmas In The Park 2007 

Temuera Morrison and friends performing 2007.

Sources: Eastern Bay News, 17 December 1998, p 1.
               Kawerau District Council Website

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