The 375,000 lights on a 27-metre high Christmas were switched on on Friday night at Waitangi Park.
Hundreds of Wellingtonians were drawn to Waitangi Park on Friday night to see the lighting of the Telecom Christmas tree.
New Zealand singer-song writers Lisa Crawley and Massad will treated the crowds to some homegrown music, before the more Christmas tree lights were turned on on at 9pm.
The huge Telecom Tree has become an annual Christmas attraction on the waterfront.
A light show will run on the tree every night until Boxing Day, and Wellingtonians will get the opportunity to design their own lighting display via the website at telecomtree.co.nz/.
To help share the spirit of Christmas, visitors to the tree are encouraged to bring Christmas presents for children in need, and place them in specially marked areas by the tree.
The gifts will be distributed to Wellington City Mission and Just for Kids at the Wellington Children's Hospital.
- The Wellingtonian