Christmas in the Park has been cancelled for the second year in a row.
Organisers made the difficult decision to cancel eight weeks out from the event due to the ongoing uncertainty around Covid-19 restrictions. And the “decision is in the best interest of all involved, during this difficult time”.
Currently the South Island is in Alert Level 2 which means that outdoor events held in public parks and domains are still limited to 100 people capacity, according to the current advice the organisers received form the New Zealand Ministry of Health.
The event was preparing to cater for a crowd of up to 10,000 people.
Although the event is still eight weeks away, the organisers said their small but dedicated team of volunteers have spent the last six months in their first planning stage and had recently moved into stage two, involving a larger amount of people, whether they are rehearsing their performances or working on logistical areas that all contribute to producing a major event of this size.
The free outdoor family event, created by local Ashburton New Life Pastor, Lisa Anderson and has been a part of the Ashburton community since 2013, but with the cancellation this year hasn’t occurred since 2019.
The organising team understands that these are testing times Anderson said and it “was not an easy decision to make, but they must be responsible for the money and time that has gone into the event so far, as well as keep the safety of all involved a priority”.
“Given the immense amount of planning involved in this event, we have had to make the disappointing decision to cancel this year’s concert” Anderson said.
“We would like to thank the local businesses, organisations and amazingly talented individuals who have partnered with us this year, despite the unstable environment.
“All sponsors will be reimbursed in full and asked to please keep next year in mind.”