Santa vists the Hutt

03:01, Dec 03 2012
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Another elf adds his voice to the Christmas sound.
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Children and helpers from Maungaraki Kindergarten perform during the Christmas in the Hutt concert.
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Lucy Calvert (7) dances to the festive sounds.
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Lucy Cowley, 3. enjoyed the Christmas concert fun with her aunt Vanessa Martin.
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Lower Hutt soprano Lydia McDonnell sings with her band of angels
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Mark Southon sings with Rudolph the Red Nose Raindeer
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Tiana So'oialo was plucked for the crowd and earned warm her applause for her rendition of All I Want for Christmas is You.
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Father Christmas dances onstage during the finale of the Christmas in the Hutt concert at Lower Hutt Recreation Ground.

It was a bit cold and windy at Saturday's Christmas in the Hutt concert, but the sight of youngsters from Maungaraki Kindergarten and several schools dancing and singing carols warmed people's hearts.

Councillor Lisa Bridson, a member of the organising committee, said one count put the crowd at the Hutt Rec at about 11,000.

''It was great to see so many kids on stage and they were fantastic.''

Councillor Bridson said there had been lots of positive feedback, including for an innovation - live streaming the concert on a website, which meant those who couldn't make it, or who had to go home early because they had littlies, could watch the action on screen (click here).

Homegrown soprano Lydia McDonnell, who sang Away in a Manger and Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, said the night of entertainment ''had a really nice feel to it.''.

A crowd favourite was when hosts went out into the audience to pluck out someone to sing on stage.

It turned out to be former All Black Rodney So'oialo's daughter Tiana, and she belted out All I want for Christmas is You to loud applause.


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