Park's lights and magic enchant children

The event is marking its 60th year

MICHELE ONG
Last updated 05:00 16/01/2014
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Charlotte Curd
Toni Cameron and cousin Alex Cameron from Perth in front of the waterfall at Pukekura Park.

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The sight of Pukekura Park aglow with lights is one of the reasons why Lisa Yates loves New Plymouth.

The Gilbert St resident, originally from Australia, said the annual TSB Bank Festival of Lights display was one of the reasons that helped her "fall in love" with the district.

The event is marking its 60th year and a host of concerts and activities have been held to celebrate the occasion.

Mrs Yates moved to the region 10 years ago and said she "loved the park and the lights" which were "spectacular".

"It's very magical for the children," Mrs Yates said.

Daughter Jessica, 8, said the highlight of the festival was watching comedian and magician Mr Fungus at the Hatchery Lawn on Saturday.

Jessica was also a keen magician and was delighted when Mr Fungus taught her a few new tricks. Sister Charlotte, 5, said she particularly liked The Sleeping Giant and Fairy Forest display.

"I like how he snores," Charlotte said. "It's funny."

New Plymouth couple Chris and Kay Ryan said the fernery display and the glowing jellyfish at Stainton Dell Lily Ponds were their favourites.

"We also brought family here as well," Mrs Ryan said.

New Plymouth District Council events manager Melissa Devine-Collins was pleased with the feedback received.

One comment read: "New Plymouth is so fortunate to have the Festival of Lights to showcase the city to our guests and to remind us locals why this is such a great place to live". Festival runs until January 25.

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