Topp Twins to lead Christmas in Park

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The Topp Twins will bring some festive cheer to Ashburton when they headline the Mitre 10 Mega Christmas in the Park on December 7.

Organisers of the community Christmas concert in the Domain Oval have been working hard on planning the variety concert for a number of months.

“We have a great line-up of local superstars,” said event organiser Lisa Anderson.

“And this year we are proud to announce that the Topp Twins will be joining us to celebrate Christmas.”

The Topp Twins are considered New Zealand treasures who have a broad appeal and have performed regularly over the last 25 years.

Jools and Linda Topp are well known for reinventing themselves on stage, changing character, musical style and gender with ease.

“At this time, we don’t know who is going to turn up.

“Whether it’s going to be Ken and Ken, Camp Leader and Camp Mother or even Prue and Dilly,” said Mrs Anderson.

Joining the Top Twins for the night will be Julia Bell, Nikita Hyde, Ocean Waitokia, Ange Kara Ingley, Brian Taylor, Sarah Heney, Libby Higson, Brooke Dwyer and the ABC Community Choir, as well as local dancers from Life dance Academy.

There will be a special appearance from Zircus Circus and regular special guest Santa.

A mega fireworks show will round off the evening at around 9.30pm.

“Christmas in the Park is one hundred percent a community event, from local businesses and groups who sponsor us, to volunteers on the night and companies who give us their time and services to help keep this event totally free for everyone,” said Lisa Anderson, who recreated the event with the Christian Ministers’ Association in 2013.

“Over the years, we have streamlined the event and gathered people around us who share a passion to bring back the true meaning of Christmas,” she said.

Crowds upwards of 8000 have attended previous events and locals are encouraged to once again bring the picnic blanket and set up early for a good spot.

Ashburton Mitre 10 Mega Christmas in the Park starts at 7pm.