New Taipei City’s (新北市) Christmas celebrations will include a two-day star-studded concert and a procession featuring circus performers and Hawaiian dancers this year.
The event is scheduled for Dec. 22 and Dec. 23, the city government announced.
The lineup for the two-day concert will include popular girl group S.H.E. and singers Rainie Yang (楊丞琳), Cyndi Wang (王心凌) and Wilber Pan (潘瑋柏), as well as Aaron Yan (炎亞綸) from the boy band Fahrenheit (飛輪海).
The city government also confirmed that singer-songwriters Crowd Lu (盧廣仲) and Lala Hsu (徐佳瑩), who rose to fame after winning the popular TV singing competition One Million Star (超級星光大道) in 2008, will also be performing.
A procession is planned for Dec. 23, setting off from Zhongshan Road to Citizen Square, where the nation’s tallest Christmas tree can be found.
A total of 30 groups are expected to participate in the procession, each with their own distinct entertainment skills, including a group of young people performing fire-eating, sword swallowing and other circus stunts.
The Hawaiian dance group Mele Hula, a group of samba dancers aged 70 years upwards, will participate, along with kindergarten children playing music.
The concerts and procession are part of a one-month Christmas celebration held by the city, which began with an LED light show on the Citizen Square Christmas tree and has, so far, also included orchestral performances and children’s shows.