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Tauranga city centre lights up for Christmas

Just some of the Strand Illuminations lighting up the city centre for Christmas.

A curated collection of world class light sculptures and installations, larger-than-life Christmas decorations, shopping, dining and events are creating a buzz in the city centre this Christmas.

“The Christmas in the City project provides the perfect backdrop for residents and visitors to Tauranga to celebrate Christmas in our city centre,” says Tauranga City Council arts and culture manager James Wilson.

The Strand Illuminations feature a curated collection of world class light sculptures and installations

from internationally acclaimed light artist Angus Muir.

“It’s exciting for Tauranga City Council to bring these striking installations to the city centre and to see them spark joy with the public as they interact with them,” says James.

Alongside the installations on the Strand is the Trustpower Toi Tauranga large scale Hononga exhibition.  “As people, we are connected through place, culture, relationships, experiences,” says mainstreet manager Millie Pidwell. “This exhibition celebrates our people and their connection to all that matters.”

There’s also a giant gingerbread house in Red Square, large lit boxed Christmas trees and crackers, a gingerbread hunt and colouring in competition for kids, and entertainment over the festive season.

James says Christmas in the City is about creating enriching and exciting experiences for all. “We want to encourage our community to come in, soak up the festivities and enjoy themselves.”

For full details of Christmas in the City, visit: www.findyourhappyplacehere.co.nz

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