Christmas concert to move indoors

Palmerston North's Christmas in The Square has been moved indoors following predictions of rain on the weekend.

Event organisers made the decision to move tomorrow's event into The Regent based on the forecast issued by the MetService at 6am today.

City councillor and organiser Duncan McCann, who acts for the Palmerston North Christian Leaders' Association, said the forecast was for showers tomorrow afternoon and evening.

Even if the predictions were wrong, the event would not be moved back outdoors because of the time it took to set up.

It was the third or fourth time in the concert's 16-year history that it had been moved indoors, he said.

Because of The Regent's limited size, numbers would be restricted to 1500 and events scaled back.

Food vendors will not be there and glowsticks will replace candles.

The front rows of seats will be removed to provide an area for children and activities, while adults can sit further back.

The event starts at 5pm tomorrow and the concert proper begins at 7pm.

There will be a free bus from Bunnythorpe and Ashhurst for people coming into the city for the concert.

The lyrics for the singalongs will be displayed on an overhead screen, or people could take the liftout from The Tribune.

The Manawatu Standard