12 Dec 2023

Celebrated Kiwi kids’ entertainer Suzy Cato is leading the New Years’ festivities at the NYE Kids’ Countdown event, which takes place in Hagley Park before the evening rock concert Rock the Park NYE.

The popular act has been entertaining tamariki since the 90s, starring in several television shows including Suzy’s World and You and Me.

Ms Cato says she’s looking forward to ringing in the New Year in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

“I’ve had a wonderful year of visits to the city and have sung and danced with so many tamariki – I can’t wait to celebrate both the end of 2023 with them and to welcome in an amazing 2024,” says Ms Cato.

Fans can expect all the Suzy Cato classics, as well as some of her newer hits at the free New Year’s Eve show that runs from 4pm – 7pm.

“I love hearing all the voices joining in. It’s a wonderful energy and such a positive vibe, and when those voices are singing my songs - well that’s next level,” says Ms Cato.

She will be joined by Music with Michal and covers band Black and Gold.

Council Manager of Events and Arts says there will be a special mock New Year’s countdown at 7pm, complete with streamer fireworks, for younger audiences to enjoy.

“The NYE Kids’ Countdown will be a lot of fun for families with young children. They can participate in all the festivities and still be home for bedtime.

“The party kicks up a notch from 8pm when Rock the Park NYE gets underway,” says Ms Blackmore.

Rock the Park NYE is headlined by Elemeno P, and also features Volts, Racing and Dolphin Friendly. The show finishes with a midnight fireworks display.

Coming along to NYE Kids’ Countdown and Rock the Park – NYE23? Here’s what you need to know:

  • NYE Kids’ Countdown runs from 4pm – 7pm.
  • Rock the Park – NYE23 runs from 8pm – 12.15am.
  • Rock the Park – NYE23 and NYE Kids’ Countdown are alcohol-free, smoke-free and vape-free events. There is a temporary liquor ban in place for Hagley Park from 31 Dec 2023 – 1 Jan 2024. People should not bring any glass into the park.
  • There will be food trucks in North Hagley Park from 4pm.
  • There will be a drop-off point on Rolleston Avenue, near Christ’s College.
  • Bike stands will be located inside the Armagh Street entrance to Hagley Park.
  • Scooter parking will be available on Park Terrace.
  • Mobility parking will be on Chester Street West for those displaying a mobility pass.
  • The Botanic Gardens Armagh Street bridge will be closed to incoming traffic from 3:30pm.
  • Our interactive map will help you find central city parking.
  • Metro buses will run to the Saturday timetable.