Queenstown Christmas show must stay outside

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Queenstown’s annual Christmas family show is likely to stay outside after last weekend’s successful gamble at the Recreation Ground.

The spectacular show, which wowed a 2500-strong crowd for almost four hours, was held outside for the first time in its seven-year history.

Organiser Simon Green plans to keep it that way.

“The feedback we have had from everyone that was there was never go back inside.

“Kids could run around, Mums and Dads could enjoy a hamper and catch up – and it’s a chance for everyone to see how much talent there is in the district.”

Green adds: “We want to establish it as a true local family get-together, before Christmas.”

Spots of rain threatened at times, but mostly stayed away – with one show-goer saying it only added to the atmosphere. 

One tweak Green says he may consider for next year is holding it earlier in December so it gets darker earlier and the fireworks can be held at 10pm rather than a bit later.

Green says it wasn’t just the crowd lapping it up, but the 150-plus performers as well, who included singers and dancers from Wanaka and Queenstown plus the hilarious Remarkable Men’s Ballet troupe.

The event was made possible thanks to hefty contributions by Queenstown Lakes District Council, tourism company Shotover Jet and real estate firm Hoamz.

Shotover Jet also made a $13,000 donation to the Queenstown Lakes Family Centre on the night, after a record locals day fundraiser earlier this month.

Green says a contribution from the show takings and stallholders will also be made.