Fireworks are back at this year’s Kawerau Christmas in the Park after a two-year break.

The 2015 event featured a laser show rather than the usual fireworks spectacular after dry weather meant the New Zealand Fire Service couldn’t authorise the display. Different weather conditions mean the organisation has approved it this year.

Event organisers are delighted fireworks will once again be permitted.

“The fireworks finale has been a highlight of Christmas in the Park in previous years,” Kawerau District Council events and venues manager Lee Barton says. “Having it back on the schedule this year means we can round off the Christmas celebration in style.

“Thanks to the Fire Service for all the advice and support around the event.”

Kawerau Christmas in the Park is on December 17. It kicks off at 11am with the New World Kawerau Santa parade, starting (and finishing) at the Ron Hardie Recreation Centre. A prize-giving will be held at Prideaux Park at 12.30pm.

The Radio 1XX Community Christmas Concert follows the parade at 1pm, with the evening variety show running from 7-10pm, concluding with the fireworks. Ardijah, Beau Monga, the Yandall Sisters and local acts Made Alive and Nikau Chater are in the musical line-up.

Kawerau’s Christmas in the Park is the Eastern Bay of Plenty’s showcase festive entertainment event and organisers encourage locals and visitors to come along. The event is family-friendly – drugs, alcohol and gang regalia are not permitted. Prideaux Park is a smoke-free venue.


Kawerau Christmas in the Park is the showcase festive entertainment in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, with up to 10,000 people packing into Prideaux Park for the celebration.

Saturday, 17th December 2016 at Prideaux Park from 11:00am

Kawerau Christmas in the Park 2016

Family Friendly Fun

Kawerau Christmas in the Park is a family friendly event aimed to provide a safe and fun environment to enjoy local and national performers entertaining the Kawerau and surrounding communities.

This event is:

  • Smoke Free
  • Alcohol Free
  • Drug Free
  • Gang Regalia Free
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New World Kawerau Santa Parade

If you’re looking for information on the New World Kawerau Santa Parade, click here.