What: Lighting of the Auckland Telecom Christmas Tree
When: Friday 2nd December, from 7.30pm with the Tree lighting just after 9.00pm
Where: Te Wero Island, Auckland Viaduct
Near Quay Street, by new bridge to Wynyard Quarter.
The Telecom Christmas Tree reaches seven storeys high, attracts over 150,000 visitors each year, is made up of 375,000 twinkling lights and will be lighting up Auckland’s sky this Friday evening.
Te Wero Island is the new host for the Tree, which has been a destination for all Aucklanders since 2008 to reflect, send Santa their wishes, and soak up the festive atmosphere.
The Telecom Foundation is the umbrella organisation for all of Telecom’s community and charitable giving, and the Christmas Trees are their gift to the nation, with other Trees lighting up Christchurch’s Hagley Park for the first time – from December 11th – and Wellington’s waterfront – open now.
With a focus on giving Kiwi kids a better future, this year in the spirit of Christmas, everyone is encouraged to bring a gift, large or small, to leave at the Tree for children in need across Aotearoa.
A proportion of the gifts collected in Auckland will be delivered to children in Christchurch who have had it particularly tough in recent times.
Santa will be on call too, with the much-loved tradition of Telecom’s Santaline coming back to capture all Auckland’s kids’ wish lists for 2011. Not only will there be Telephone boxes to ring the North Pole set up at the Tree, but the national 0800 number is open now on 0800 222 222.
Auckland’s Tree will play host to a spectacular lightshow from dusk until dawn and will be open 24/7 until Boxing Day when the lights will switch off again for another year.
The Telecom Christmas Tree is a truly magical place, where many go for reflection and peace, a special pause in what is a very busy time of year.