Reaffirming ICM's commitment to promoting the education, welfare and interest of children, young people and adults, the festival was sponsored by ICM Chairman Dr Alistair Somerville Ford who attended the event along with staff from the Institute and their families.
ICM Chairman, Dr Alistair Somerville Ford was the main sponsor of the Christchurch Christmas Festival.
The event's highpoint was the arrival of Santa on the back of a fire truck decorated with tinsel and Christmas decorations.
was driven through the crowds before joining the Mayor of Christchurch
, Cllr Josephine Spencer, and guests on the balcony of the Mayor's Parlour for the lights switch-on.
found the event hugely enjoyable: "I am so glad to have had the chance to sponsor the festival and I was extremely pleased to see so many people enjoying themselves - particularly those who lined up to view the reindeer.