Thousands turned out for Queenstown’s first outdoor Christmas concert – which went off without a hitch.
Local families and residents turned out in droves to the Recreation Ground for the inaugural outdoor Christmas Cracker, which modelled itself on Christchurch’s Christmas in the Park.
The gamble to have it outside paid off, with rain threatening for most of the show but staying away aside from a brief period in the middle.
Plenty of show-goers told scene.co.nz they felt it was much better having it outside than the traditional indoor venue at the Events Centre.
The entertainment was superb, featuring local singing and dancing talent from Wanaka and Queenstown – plus a men’s ballet troupe of local lads and brought the house down as usual (well, they would have if it was inside).
Queenstown singer Pearly McGrath and a stage full of dancers brought the show home with a powerful version of A Little Party Never Hurt Nobody before the entire 300-plus performers hit the stage for the finale.
A stunning fireworks display just behind the stage brought the night to a close.
Earlier on, Queenstown Lakes District mayor Vanessa van Uden told the crowd it was a wonderful night so far.
“And it’s been absolutely fantastic to have a change of venue,” she said, before paying tribute to organiser Simon Green.
“Simon, you’ve done a wonderful job.”
Van Uden added: “I’ll take this opportunity to wish you all a merry Christmas and wonderful 2014 – have fun, keep safe and see you in the New Year.”