Great night of entertainment

Brylie, 7, and Portia, 3, Persson will be giving out candy canes and glow sticks at A Night Before Christmas tomorrow night

Mills Reef Winery comes alive tomorrow with the iconic Bay spectacular, A Night Before Christmas – Bethlehem Baptist Church’s annual show.

Event organiser Luisa Schroder is keen for people to know the event is free. “We really want to let people know we’ve worked very hard with our sponsors to keep our event free for the community.”

Luisa knows there are plenty of families who can’t ever take their kids to something like this, let alone at Mills Reef, and is keen to acknowledge those who make it possible.

“I’m so thankful for the community grants and businesses who help put this event together by their support; particularly groups like BayTrust, Creative Communities Tauranga, and Western Bay of Plenty Creative Communities NZ.”

Be prepared for a spectacular night of Carols and Entertainment with headliner band Late 80’s Mercedes, a nine-piece swing funk group who will get the party going; Anna Hawkins and her fusion of classical, contemporary, and Celtic music; Ben Mollison, the 2015 Soloist winner at Smokefree Rockquest; Band ECHOES – four young local lads who made it big at this year’s Battle of The Bands; Petrina Thomas-Chisolm – well-Known Bay of Plenty performer and more.

“With Urban Dance, Bay Twisters, Tauranga Fuse Drummers, and Dance Avenue adding to the party – fireworks will be the best way to end this special night.”

Luisa says a collection will be taken for Good Neighbour on the night to support the work they do in the community.

A Night Before Christmas is on at Mills Reef Winery on December 19. Check the website and Facebook in case of wet weather, as it might be moved to December 20.

Gates open 5pm, main show starts 6.30pm. There will be pre-show on-stage and roving entertainment, prior to the main show starting, with the night culminating in a fireworks spectacular.

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Late 80’s Mercedes –

Anna Hawkins -

Ben Mollison