Crowds to pack Hagley for NYE

ANNA TURNER
Last updated 16:23 21/12/2012
CRACKER: After the fireworks were  cancelled on Saturday due to predicted bad weather, more than 3000 people filled the Morrinsville Recreation Grounds last night for the Price WaterHouse Cooper Fireworks Extravaganza.
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2013: North Hagley Park will be rocking this New Year's Eve.

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North Hagley Park will be rocking this New Year's Eve, with crowds expected to pack the park to welcome in 2013.

A Christchurch City Council event will begin at the park at 6.30pm on December 31 and run until 12.30am.

Council spokesman Richard Stokes said the alcohol-free celebration would have something for the whole family.

Fun entertainment from 6.30pm will be ideal for the younger children and concludes with a Kids Early Midnight Countdown at 8.30pm. 

For the second half of the evening, the music steps up a notch from 9pm to 12.30am with entertainment for all ages.

Cover band New Entrants will kick off the second part of the evening, rocking out classic songs from Elvis through to Queen as well as the latest hits.

Celtic rockers, The Black Velvet Band, will have the audience stomping their feet from 9.50 pm with a performance of traditional and contemporary Celtic songs, before New Entrants return at 11.15pm to sweep the crowd through to midnight and beyond.

At midnight, fireworks will blast off from Lake Victoria and while the Lone Piper plays, audience members will have the chance to join hands with whoever's nearest and sing along to Auld Lang Syne.

Free parking will be available off Harper Ave from 3pm. 

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