Get your picnic ready - the party in the park kicks off tonight.
Locals and visitors will be able to take a wander through Pukekura Park at the opening of the TSB Bank Festival of Lights' evening entertainment programme, which begins at 8.30pm with funk band Blue Monkey Racket on the Hatchery Lawn.
Tomorrow, Wellington musician Christine White is on the Fred Parker Lawn at 8pm, while the Hatchery Lawn has Swiss-Kiwi artist Andre Manella, better known as Sonic Delusion, at 8.30pm.
This will be followed by Dunedin group Highly Flammable's Glow Fire show at 10pm, in what will be the group's fourth appearance at the festival.
Characters from the group, including a faun, ice queen and mirror-man, will be roving the park on December 27 and 29 and January 11.
"We have night-time entertainment on nearly every night of the festival, covering a wide range of musical genres from local and national musicians," said events manager Melissa Devine-Collins.
"We know a lot of people are looking forward to seeing festival favourite Shaun Preston in the park on January 4 - he's built up a following at the festival and the Hatchery Lawn is always full for his shows."
Donations will be collected at this show for Hospice Taranaki.
The Festival of Lights programme is available from TSB Bank branches, libraries or online at festivaloflights.com.
Details are also available on the free Festival of Lights smartphone app, which is available from the website.
- Taranaki Daily News
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