Chills to play stadium Christmas event

Family fun Enjoying last year's Christmas in the Stadium were Jacob Cole, Jane Tomkinson, and Evie Cole (then 7). PHOTO: ODT FILES

Iconic Dunedin band The Chills will top the entertainment line-up at this year’s Christmas in the Stadium event.

The giant community fun day and concert will be held at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday, November 30, from 2pm to 5.30pm.

Created by the Acts of Kindness Charitable Trust, with assistance from Dunedin Venues Ltd, the Christmas in the Stadium event aims to bring the whole community together for some time out, fun and great music at what is for many a very busy time of year.

Trustees Grant and Anne Hardy said the event aimed to be an “uplifting and enjoyable afternoon”, that would be accessible to all.

Entry costs a gold coin per person, and there are a range of activities that will entertain and help make Christmas easier for families.

During the afternoon, Plunket will run a toy swap event, with children welcome to bring along one or two toys to swap for something new.

There will also be a space for children and families to make a gift for someone special at Christmas.

As in previous years, the stadium pitch area will be divided into zones for the event, with a concert and picnic area, as well as a children’s play area complete with bouncy castles, and spaces for face-painting and other activities.

The stage will be at the opposite end of the stadium from previous years, and will now be at the Mitre 10 end.

Musical entertainment will run throughout the afternoon, and will include performances by soprano singer Olivia Pike and Valley Bluegrass, along with The Chills, who will take the stage after 3pm.

“It’s going to be a great afternoon, so bring a picnic, a blanket, or a low chair, and come and relax with us,” Mr Hardy said.

The new stage placement means that members of the public will enter the stadium at Gate E.

People are welcome to bring a picnic, or buy food from on-site vendors, and remember a hat and sunscreen if it is a sunny day.

Christmas in the Stadium is strictly a no alcohol event.