Kawerau Christmas in the Park

A star studded line up has been announced for this year's Kawerau Christmas in the Park.

Recently knighted veteran entertainers Dame Lynda & Dame Jools Topp - the Topp Twins - will MC the event which takes place on Saturday the 15th of December at Prideaux Park.

Fellow newly knighted Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, local legend Sir John Rowles will also be performing, alongside Musical Director Carl Doy, renowned impressionist and 'Stars in their Eyes' finalist Cindy of Samoa and New Zealand soul singer Bella Kalolo.

A 20 square metre screen will ensure all spectators get a great view of the evening's performances, and organisers are working alongside the New Zealand Fire Service and Van Tiel Pyrotechnics to deliver a yet-to-be confirmed firework display.

Up to 10,000 people are expected to attend the celebrations, which kick off with the New World Santa Parade at 11 am, the Radio 1XX Community Christmas Concert starting at 12:30 pm and the Evening Show which runs from 7:15 to 10:00pm.

Emma Griffiths