Music, carols, singing and dance kick off the festive season at Hutt Rec on Saturday with the Christmas in the Hutt concert.
Local schools and organisations start the community showcase at 5.30pm with children from Maungaraki Kindergarten, Dyer Street, St Michael's, HIBS, Chilton Saint James, St Bernard's and Sacred Heart College performing, along with the Hutt Community Choir.
"We have an exciting show lined up with the help of the wonderful voices and dance talent from our own community," said musical producer and performer Grant Sullivan.
Headlining the main event from 7.30pm is New Zealand's favourite jazz trombonist, Rodger Fox and his band.
The Rodger Fox Big Band has been performing for about 25 years here and at top jazz festivals around the world. The group has made multiple recordings, including two at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Among those joining him will be Grant Quinn, Mark Southon, Grant Sullivan, Hutt City Dance Centre - and Santa, of course.
The finale is a fireworks spectacular co-ordinated by FusedFX.
Christmas in the Hutt, Saturday, at Hutt Rec, 5.30pm till 9.30pm. Gates open at 4pm. Entry is free but a donation to Te Omanga Hospice is appreciated. This is a drug and alcohol-free event.
- Hutt News