The Hatchery Lawn at Pukekura Park was transformed into a patchwork of rugs, chairs, people and flickering lights as Carols by Candlelight once again proved its popularity last night.
But the candles were surplus to requirements for the first half of the carols at least, with the sun shining down as it had all day.
"It might stay light until 10 o'clock," MC Phil Quinney said, and he was almost right.
Up on stage the New Plymouth Brass Band, with singers from Living Harmony, launched into their 24 carol line-up with O Come All Ye Faithful.
Young carollers Eleanor Moss, 7, Jayla Tangira, 5, and Libby Kearns, 9, were waiting patiently for their favourite Christmas carols - Jingle Bells, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
Difficulties with funding have plagued the popular event for the past two years, but the TSB Bank was flying its flag as principal sponsor high above the crowd this year.
Taranaki Daily News