Hundreds welcome Christmas in song
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."
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."