Celebrating Christmas and welcoming the New Year 2017, the province of North Sulawesi will come alive with a whole range of festivities for the whole month of December when the North Sulawesi Christmas Festival take place from 1st to 31st December 2016, centered in the province's capital city, Manado.
As a special treat, the Christmas festival will be highlighted with an international concert at Megamas Manado on 4th December 2016. Initially the concert would feature the Australian pop group Air Supply, however the group had to cancel the show since the vocalist Russel Hitchcock was reportedly ill and unable to perform. Instead, Shane Filan of the legendary boyband Westlife will be performing for the concert. The concert will also feature Indonesian Pop Singer Diva, Ruth Sahanaya, and the young pop star Angel Pieterz. What makes it even more special, the concert will be free of charge!
The festival will kick off on 1 December 2016 with the Christmas Market at Marina Plaza Manado that will last to the end of the year. At Marina Plaza there will also be the Christmas Dance on 11 December, Christmas Bands on 16-17 December, Vocal Group Competitions on 16 December, and Masamper Traditional Art Competition on 22 December. At the Manado Town Square Mall, there will be Christmas Choirs on 9-10 December, Christmas Chess on 7-8 December, and Santa Claus and Christmas Angels Parade on 24 December 2016. At the Megamas Manado, there will also be the Fashion on the Street Competition on 10 December.
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