Festive spirit alive and well in Queenstown


Queenstown Lakes District Council’s Craig Gallagher (left), Certified Scaffolding’s Graham Mil-
lar and TK take a breather after festive handiwork on Monday – erecting council’s Christmas tree in the Village Green.

Santa’s in town
Santa’s Grotto is open in the neighbouring building from 10.30am to 7pm. Santa drops in 11am till 2pm, Saturdays and Sundays.

Saucy Christmas
An ‘adults only’ Christmas gala tomorrow night features pole dancers. The Memorial Centre show showcases music and comic talents of locals including Queenstown Pole Studio dancers. Another group is performing every musical ever written in 20 minutes. Tickets are $50 for supper and an after-party – after-party tickets are $10 only. Proceeds go to Victim Support. 

Free family concert
A FREE festive concert is on Saturday from 4pm at Remarkables Market Red Barn. The ‘Spirit of Christmas’ features carols and readings, with the Corus Children’s Choir and Queenstown Community Choir singing. Bring a picnic, rug and chairs. A raffle with local prizes will benefit Victim Support.

‘Reality TV’ nativity
Queenstowner Shaun Vining has written a new family Christmas show, which modernises the traditional nativity story with a reality TV theme. “It’s poignant and cute,” Vining says. “It’s a reality TV show, filmed in front of a live studio audience, and this episode focuses on the engagement party and eventual birth of Jesus in a manger in Kingston.” The cast includes tiny tots and features kid’s favourites Buzz Lightyear, Scooby Doo and a puppet show. It’s Saturday and Sunday from 6.30pm at City Impact Church and is free.
Christmas choral concert
Queenstown’s Remarkable Vocals presents Christmas songs and classical choral gems at a Lake Hayes concert this Sunday. The choral ensemble is led by Sue Patterson and accompanied by pianist Alison Frude. It starts 3pm at Thomas Brown Gallery on Speargrass Flat Road. Tickets, at $15, are on sale at Frankton’s Summerfield’s Pharmacy, Wilkinsons Pharmacy and Lakes District Museum.