Carols kick off Christmas in Richmond

Hundreds bring festive fun to gardens

Last updated 13:00 23/12/2013

FAMILY OUTING: Andre Tahuri, left, Katie Hawkins, Lacey-Jay Russ, Lisa Russ, Skye Hawkins, Aaliyah Russ, and Kim, Kendall, and Samantha Cartman get into the Christmas spirit at Carols by Candlelight at Washbourn Gardens, Richmond.

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Richmond residents were out in the full festive spirit and Christmas-themed attire for Carols by Candlelight at Washbourn Gardens.

About 400 people came to sing and dance along to old and new Christmas songs last night, with Jingle Bells being the ultimate hit with the crowd. Tasman District Council community and recreation officer Paul McConachie said the cold meant numbers were down on previous years, but those who came got into the festive spirit.

"It was a great community event," he said. "It was very smooth. The music was great and the park was looking fantastic."

People arrived early to get a good picnic position. The show began at 7.30pm and ran till 10pm. It was an event for everyone. The early songs were for the children who were given space to dance and prance to the music.

The lineup included some classic Christmas songs from the Take a Chance choir supported by the Richmond House Band. Special guest Kieran O'Connor serenaded the audience with his guitar while Stoke's singing sisters Hana and Bailee Tava did a rendition of a One Direction song, All I Want for Christmas is You.

Money was fundraised for the kapa haka group Mana Waraiti, which performed Tapu Te Po.

The night ended with the national anthem, which had people on their feet with their hands on their hearts.

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