Families flock to festive celebrations

23:11, Dec 10 2012
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ALL EYES: The Christmas spirit at the carnival under the canopies was too bright for sisters Muneebah, Muneerah and Saadiqah Makarani.
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COLOURFUL AFFAIR: Four-year-old Samuel Owen checks out some bubbles with council workers Nadia, Wilson and Shannon.
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FAIRY NICE: Council worker fairy Flossy Top and Paula Faythe from Porirua.
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FRY UP: Emily and Holly Robertson enjoy a classic Kiwi summer dinner at Christmas in the Park.
HANDS UP: Zone Dance Academy kids sweeten up the stage.
SANTA FANS: Karma, Jack and Madeline Penny, with Nyromme Clark.
SMALL VOICES: Munting Tinie singers Kyla, Gabrielle, Karylle, Angelo and Brianna.
ENTERTAIN US: A healthy crowd turned out for this year’s Christmas in the Park concert.
UP WE GO: The balloon release always draws the kids closer.
TOGETHER NOW: The Funky Monkeys share the stage with the Zone Dance Academy performers.
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STRIKING A CHORD: A schools' ukelele group, led by Brett Childs and Shane McAlister, strummed up a summer vibe.

Festive spirit was in full effect in Porirua over the weekend as thousands turned out for public Christmas celebrations.

The CBD was a hive of activity on Saturday, as families enjoyed sideshow attractions, bouncy castles, bungy challenges, music and a visit from Santa Claus, at the Xmas Carnival Under the Canopies.

Later in the day, Elsdon Park was the the place to be for Christmas in the Park. This year's concert and singalong included The Funky Monkeys, George McArdle of Little River Band and a fireworks finale.

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