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.


Bryce Gordon
Judith Jolly, John Honnor, Stacey Hitchcock, Mark Leuthard, Paul Lamb, Sharron Lee and Jessica Parker
Julianne Lamb

Christmas At The Bowl Organising Committee
Technical Director
Michael Keat
Artistic Director
Jordan MacFadyen
Michael Keat, Selina Mackie, Amanda Bollond, Jordan MacFadyen and Peter Martin

TSB FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, Pukekura Park – Saturday 19th December 2020 – Sunday 31st January 2021

THE SPECTACULAR TSB FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS WILL BE OPENING ON THE SAME WEEKEND AS CHRISTMAS AT THE BOWL!  New Plymouth District Council will provide a safe lighting route from the TSB Bowl of Brooklands and then take time to wander through Pukekura Park and enjoy the delights of this iconic lighting display with your family and friends. Lighting will be on until 11pm to ensure your safe exit.  The TSB Festival Of Lights is on within Pukekura Park from Saturday 19th December 2020 until Sunday 31st January 2021 – every night rain or shine!

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