Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park has become one of the highlights of the Christchurch year. A time to gather family together and head to Hagley Park for an evening of Christmas songs, dance and performance. This high energy show will get even the most staunch blokes toe tapping and yodelling along to ‘Rocking around the Christmas Tree’.
This year the concert is particularly exciting for our family. My eldest daughter is performing as part of the Christmas Crew. This group of 14 Christchurch children is selected to dance and sing along with Si and Gary and company. They’ve been rehearsing hard and it’s all coming together brilliantly. See you at the Park on Saturday. It’s going to be a great evening!
Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park 2010 fact sheet
- The first Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park concert was held in Auckland in 1994 and there have been 34 concerts since (16 in Auckland, 4 in Wellington, 14 in Christchurch)
- This year’s Christchurch will be the 35th performance
- Over 500 talented performers audition in Christchurch and Auckland each year and the event provides a once-in-a-lifetime performing opportunity for this year’s most exciting new talent.
- Over 300 of this year’s most talented singers, dancers, musicians, television and radio personalities will take part in the concerts
- Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park takes almost a whole year to produce – as soon as this year’s concert is over, the organisers will get started on next year’s event.
- Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park features one of New Zealand’s biggest Christmas trees on display. It is 22 metres high, complete with jumbo-sized decorations, and requires a very large crane to put it together.
- The Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park stage is now twice as big as the original stage and is flanked by two giant super screens which offer concert-goers a 180 degree view of the show.
- The new stage and set takes more than seven days to assemble – the crew works through the night to dismantle it after the Christchurch concert; and within 8 hours it’s on its way to Auckland.
- Over 125 people are involved in the production Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park – from sound and lighting to stage construction and management plus over 300 more who get involved on the day including police, road marshals, parking attendants, first aid workers and security guards.
- Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park has raised over $2,000,000 for youth charities. This year our charity partner is Surf Life Saving who will recruit nearly 200 volunteers to help out at the concerts by selling light sticks, Santa hats, chocolate bars and collecting donations.
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