The TSB Festival of Lights each year transforms New Plymouth’s iconic Pukekura Park into a light-filled wonderland. For the 2018/19 season New Plymouth District Council was able to introduce a raft of new features which kept the community coming back for more.
Throughout the seven-week Festival thousands of local and out-of-town visitors experienced the 17 light features and enjoyed the 82 free events. The number of repeat visits increased by 13% compared to 2017-18, with 66% of people attending more than once throughout the season.
Tranzit Coachlines received record numbers of registrations for the free regional bus service supported by the TSB Community Trust, with more than 230 registrations over the three Saturday nights in January. As well as the 10 new light features, visitors experienced a new Festival hub and, for the first time, a community-focused family-friendly New Year’s Eve event.
“Each year the TSB Festival of Lights gets better and better and this summer’s event was fantastic, with great crowds enjoying the lights, music and entertainment in our wonderful Pukekura Park. Key to its success is our partners and NPDC would like to once again thank the TSB Community Trust for its continued support. This partnership helps us to put on great acts and showcase new light features. Funding the community buses scheme is a wonderful way to bring in people from outside of our district so they can enjoy the seven-week summer Festival,” says NPDC Recreation and Culture Manager Teresa Turner.