Unbelievable but true - Christmas is just around the corner.
And that means it's nearly time to get the family to the Auckland Domain for the biggest Yuletide entertainment extravaganza of the year.
The free annual Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park is being held on December 8 and organisers are promising a spectacular night out for everyone.
Multi-talented singer and TV celebrity Jackie Clarke is a regular at the show and joins an impressive line-up of stars including past NZ Idol winner Michael Murphy, R'n'B and pop artist Jae'O, and model, actress musician and dancer Cassandra McCowan.
"Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park is part of a wonderful ritual of building up to this time of the year. It's a great opportunity for all people to enjoy a free stadium-type event that not everyone might otherwise be able to afford," Ms Clarke says.
Suburban Newspapers is the major print media sponsor.
"It's a great fit for us," general manager David Penny says.
"Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park always pulls a massive crowd and those people are the same ones who turn to us to keep them connected online and in print every day of the year."
Coca-Cola marketing services manager Annette Chillingworth agrees. "Coca-Cola is delighted to be putting this event on and this will be the 19th time we've given this wonderful gift to the people of New Zealand," she says.
"It's certainly been a personal highlight of my career."
The event is a showcase for the country's best emerging and established talent and this year's version will feature more than 300 performers. Proceeds will go to Surf Lifesaving New Zealand
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