Crowds flock to Latimer Square for Carols by Candlelight

At Latimer Square, Christchurch, New Zealand on Christmas Eve 24 December 2013, was the free public concert YMCA Carols by Candlelight.

The event has run for more than 60 years. The evening was amazing, with an air temperature of about 20 Celcius and no wind.

The event started at 9pm and I missed recording the first song. I recorded 6 segments following that. The event was scheduled to finish about 10pm however I left about 9.30pm.

I heard an estimate of crowd numbers put at 5,000. However even at 9.30pm more people were still arriving.

Candles and Carol booklets were available with fundraising going to the YMCA.

Note that as it’s just a few days from mid-Summer that sunset was not until after 9pm.

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