Prizes were awarded to kids best dressed as their favourite animal. Activities included Christmas carols, face painting, live entertainment and lolly scrambles.
The annual Tropical Christmas Santa’s Parade starts today in town from 4pm with the introduction of a new ‘Frozen’ themed float.
Children are invited to wear their favourite Disney character costumes during the parade to win spot prizes.
This evening CITC will open late until 7pm to ease the pressure for Christmas shoppers who don’t have time during working hours.
A special fireworks display for the children will also take place this evening.
CITC key brand marketing manager George, who also poses as Santa Claus says, each year the committee strives to improve and better the event, simply to bring happiness to the kids.
“Tropical Christmas wants to share the gift of happiness, share the magic of Christmas to all our little kids in the Cook Islands.
“Christmas is a time to celebrate as a nation, a time for giving.”
Since 2011, the Tropical Christmas committee made up of Rarotonga businesses, have banded together to bring extra joy , sparkle and island spirit back into the festive period.
This includes a number of activities and events throughout December to bring more smiles to people’s faces with activities that include a free movie night, parades, Santa and the Elf visits, Christmas carols by Hospital Comforts and more.
The Tropical Christmas programme continues tomorrow, Friday, with CITC’s Black Friday Super Deals ‘Light of the World’.
On Saturday, Santa and Elfie will appear at the Punanga Nui Market, and on Sunday is the Kinura Tapunui Music Festival at National Auditorium, from 5 to 9pm.
· Monday 16: Hospital Comforts Christmas Carols; Rarotonga Hospital, 6pm.
Wednesday 18: Aitutaki Christmas Parade / CITC Avarua will open until 6pm. Thursday 19: CITC Avarua open till 6pm.
Friday 20: ANZ’s Blue Day, and Rarotonga Brewery special.
Saturday 21: Santa and Elfie at the Market.
Tues 24: Vonnia’s Draw to Win $4000 in prizes.