The candles will glow and the voices will ring out at the Botanical Gardens this Sunday night as a tradition going back about 80 years is played out.

Played out along with the sounds of the Deco Bay Brass Band.

It is Carols by Candlelight, a Christmas event for the community to embrace which has quite a history, band president Murray Warrington said.

"It has been held there at the Botanical Gardens since the 1930s, although there was a bit of a break during the 1980s," he said.


The event has also traditionally drawn good crowds through the years as it created what Mr Warrington described as "a really great family environment — we have all ages coming along".

Mr Warrington said the only slight concern this year was the extreme heat of summer which had arrived a month early, and which had begin drying the region out.

With lit candles part of the whole event the Napier City Council stepped in to ensure adequate watering of the area took place.

It had been recognised that there was the potential for a fire risk.

"Our team will be watering for a few days prior to ensure that we mitigate the risk as much as possible," the council's director infrastructure, Jon Kingsford, said.

Mr Warrington said the band, which was created out a merger between the Port of Napier and Hastings Citizen Band three years ago, would give a concert from around 6.30pm with the carols set to get under way around 8.15pm.