Organisers of this years Carols by the Sea - the family Carols concert have announced this year's concert will have the theme "Tonga around the Globe" and will include special guest appearances from Tonga's large global expatriate community.
The charity event, which raised over $5000 for the Tongan Red Cross last year and will this year be raising much needed funds for Breast Cancer Awareness, will take place at the Royal Property of Pangai Lahi, downtown Nuku'alofa on the 11th of December.
After a hugely successful event last year, which included a cast of over 100 performers and which was attended by His Majesty King George Tupou V, organisers are hoping the event will become a mainstay in the Tongan calendar and have this year publicise the event abroad in the hope of attracting both Tongans and visitors from overseas to come and experience a real Polynesian Christmas.
For more information on how to take part in this years please visit the website Carols By The Sea
When: April 2011 (annual)
Cost: Free - hire bikes available
Pasikala Nuku'alofa's Ride for Health sees all ages get on their bikes. To encourage locals to get fit and tourists to sightsee in a different way, this 7.5km fun ride starts from Pangai Lahi. All entrants get free refreshments and a t-shirt.
When: Jul 2011 (annual)
Tongatapu stages the Heilala Festival to coincide with Crown Prince Tupouto'a's birthday on 12 July. The event is named after the national flower, which also blooms around this time. Visitors enjoy parades, parties, concerts, sporting events and beauty pageants.
The festival is famous for its Miss Heilala competition, which sees the winners of various sponsored rounds competing in a prestigious grand final.
Website: In time you will find full details posted for the Heilala Festival 2011 on Tonga Visitors' Bureau Website
When: Sep 2011 (annual)
The annual Tonga International Billfish Tournament features four days of class line fishing in Vava'u. Tonga's most prestigious sports fishing event, it attracts many international participants, particularly from Australia and New Zealand.
Website: Vava'u Sports Fishing Club Website Tonga National Tournament - Briefing on Friday 26th November - Fishing day one on Saturday 27th then Fishing Friday 3rd December and Saturday 4th December.
Liaison Steve Campbell of Ika Lahi Lodge (TongaFishing)
When: 9 Sep - 23 Oct 2011
Where: New Zealand
Rugby Union's World Cup visits the home of the All Blacks, New Zealand, in 2011. The world's best teams play matches in cities including Christchurch, Dunedin and Hamilton. The semi-finals and the final are at Eden Park in Auckland.
The teams are divided into four pools of five, after which the top two from each group contest the knockout rounds. The All Blacks play group games against France, Tonga, Canada and Japan.
A total of 48 matches take place throughout September and October - full details of all fixtures are available on the official website. Current holders South Africa won their second world title in France in 2007.
Website: Rugby World Cup Official Website
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