The annual Christmas at the Beach shindig on Sunday 16th December is fast approaching, and this year be prepared for some serious dance action! Along with plenty of fun for all ages, carol singing and rock ’n’ roll, this year for the first time there is a free rock ’n’ roll dance class led by Move Dance Co’s Hannah Honey.
Move Dance Co run regular Monday night social dance classes at the New Lynn RSA for everyone from beginners to advanced, and they sure know how to get you on your feet and swinging with your partner. Hannah will be on stage teaching some basic rock ’n’ roll moves which you’ll get to practice a bit later when Shane and the Shazam band rocks the main stage with hits from the 50s and 60s. Incidentally, did you know that Shane is a Blockhouse Bay local and also a proud recipient of the NZ order of Merit for his services to the music industry?
The fun begins at 5pm with activities and games for the kids, including a beach treasure hunt, Nativity quest, bouncy castle, face painters and balloon twisters. Santa will arrive in style in time for your Santa selfies, and the awesome party DJ Dave will entertain the crowds with his usual shenanigans.
A Christmas shindig would not be complete without carols, and the carol choir have been practicing for weeks to lead you in singing all your favourites, followed by a thought-provoking Christmas message from Aaron Ironside of Radio Rhema fame.
Bring all you need for a picnic dinner, or save the hassle and enjoy the delicious fare available from the several food trucks which will be on site.
Shuttles will run from Church of the Saviour and Iona Presbyterian down to the beach reserve from 4.45-6pm and returning from 7pm onwards.
This free local event is brought to you by the combined churches of Blockhouse Bay, with generous sponsorship from the Whau Local Board and Ray Whites.