Hundreds welcome Christmas in song

19:57, Dec 08 2013
Carols by Candlelight
Carols by Candlelight at the Hatchery Lawn, Pukekura Park. Lucy Martin, 5, from NP, compares her real candle to one on an iPhone.
Carols by Candlelight
Carols by Candlelight at the Hatchery Lawn, Pukekura Park. MC Phil Quinney sings with the kids.
Carols by Candlelight
Regina Grzech from Germany, Tricia Thompson and Raewyn Gainsford, from NP.
Carols by Candlelight
Tyler Kendall with his girlfriend Chalsey Nolan's son, Kayden, 2 1/2.
Carols by Candlelight
Willow Ewington with her son Lucas O'Keeffe, 4, from NP.
Carols by Candlelight
Joseph Mack, 6, with his mum Gail Mack, from NP.
Carols by Candlelight
Holly Jones with her daughter Joyce Jones, 2, from NP.
Carols by Candlelight
Lucy Martin, 5, from NP.
Carols by Candlelight
Lucy Martin, 5, with her family friend Sharon Farrow, left, from NP.
Carols by Candlelight
Carols by Candlelight at the Hatchery Lawn, Pukekura Park.
Carols by Candlelight
Carols by Candlelight at the Hatchery Lawn, Pukekura Park.
Carols by Candlelight
Carols by Candlelight at the Hatchery Lawn, Pukekura Park.
Carols by Candlelight
Carols by Candlelight at the Hatchery Lawn, Pukekura Park.

Hundreds of voices heralded the arrival of Christmas at New Plymouth's annual TSB Bank Carols by Candlelight concert last night.

New Plymouth Brass had guests singing along to more than 20 Christmas carols such as Little Drummer Boy, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Silent Night and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer at Pukekura Park's Hatchery Lawn.

Marilyn Adcock, of New Plymouth, has been attending the event for over 20 years. "I like the music," she said. "The Christmas songs are very good."

Lucy Martin, 5, of New Plymouth
CHIRPY CAROLLER: Lucy Martin, 5, of New Plymouth, sang along to carols at the annual TSB Bank Carols by Candlelight at Hatchery Lawn, Pukekura Park, last night.

Ms Adcock said the evening was a yearly highlight on her social calendar and while there had been some changes over the last two decades, the "enjoyment factor" was still very much present.

For Maureen Woods, also of New Plymouth, this was her sixth year at the event. "It's fun, it's Christmas," she said.

Student Naomi Murachi, of Japan, was invited to the evening by friend Tomomi Hasegawa, who learned of the event from a visitors' guide book.

Ms Murachi said she was pleased to be able to catch the concert before she heads back to her home country in three days' time.

Just as impressed with the event was Swiss tourist Hannah Vogel.

"There isn't one like this in Switzerland," she said. "It's winter right now, it's too cold."

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