Christmas at the Bowl History

Originally staged within Pukekura Park, the Christmas Carols run by Youth For Christ started over 20 years ago. Attracting larger and larger crowds each year to this festive outing meant that a larger venue had to be sourced. With the backing of New Plymouth Brass Band, Christmas At The Bowl held its inaugural production in 1999. Focussing on the spirit of Christmas and providing an event where families can enjoy an outing at an expensive time of year for only a gold coin donation has been a driving aim for the organising committee. Each year the event showcases Taranaki talent along with special guest appearances.  Candles and candle holders are handed out to all spectators to ensure their participation in the evening.

Performers are not paid but the opportunity to participate in an annual event with a viewing public of over 10,000 people is reward enough.

Sponsorship from Taranaki businesses is integral to ensuring this event remains an iconic Christmas Taranaki outing and a special “Christmas At The Bowl Trust” was formed in 2005 to facilitate the ongoing financial administration. A working committee is formed each year to liaise with the director and ensure all running aspects of the show are catered for.


Kinsley Sampson
Judith Jolly, John Armstrong, John Honnor, Rod Greensill and Bryce Gordon
Julianne Lamb

Christmas At The Bowl Working Committee 2013
Technical Director
Michael Keat
Artistic Director
Jordan MacFadyen
Selina Mackie, Amanda Bollond, Jordan MacFadyen, Paul Lamb, Peter Martin and Adrienne Kensington

TSB BANK FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, Pukekura Park – Saturday 16th Dec 2017 – Monday 5th February 2018

PLEASE NOTE: THIS YEAR THE SPECTACULAR TSB BANK FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS WILL NOT BE IN OPERATION ON THE SAME NIGHT AS CHRISTMAS AT THE BOWL ….. New Plymouth District Council will provide a safe lighting route from the TSB Bowl of Brooklands through Pukekura Park after the Christmas at the Bowl event. Safety lighting will be on until 11pm to ensure your safe exit.

For more information see www.festivaloflights.co.nz – including daily updates and the Summer Scene calendar of events.