SHOPPERS got the chance to find out the meaning of Christmas at a show of songs and street dancing in Gunwharf Quays last night.
Hundreds of families young and old packed out the main square for the festive gathering, which was organised by members of the Family Church.
The crowds looked on as dancers, carol singers and solo artists from the church, which has congregations in Portsmouth, Havant and Gosport, performed on a small stage. Getting in the Christmas spirit was the aim of the game at the three-hour event, which began at 7pm.
Hot and cold food was also dished up to visitors. Not even a power failure half way through the evening could stop the fun.
Linda Uwawuike, 42, of Station Road, Drayton, stopped by with her daughter Bethany, aged six. Linda, who is a member of Family Church’s base at King Richard School, in Paulsgrove, said: ‘It was a really good night.
‘It’s great to show people what Christmas is about.
‘People lose sight of the real message. Here they’ve got a taste of it. It’s been a really positive event for the whole community.’
Couple Adaora Ndu, 23, and Dabi Lanigan, 24, were all smiles as they watched the performers.
Adaora, from Southsea, said: ‘It’s nice to see everyone getting together and sharing in the Christmas message. The atmosphere has been wonderful. I’ve really enjoyed myself and all the performers have been impressive.’
Andy Elmes, a senior pastor for Family Church, which has held Christmas events in the community for four years, said: ‘This was our free gift to the community. We’ve spent the last year getting it all together. For a lot of people, this marks the beginning of Christmas.’