Pattaya’s countdown to the New Year will tick off its final days of 2012 with music and fireworks.
The start of the festival will be marked by the lighting up of an enormous Christmas tree said to be the biggest in Thailand. The tree lighting ceremony will take place from 8 p.m. on the evening of Christmas Day. It will be accompanied by a fireworks spectacular and the first of the concerts on the big stage.
After the opening night, every evening will feature different entertainment starting at 8 p.m.
A half-million people are expected to visit town each day for the shows and a Beach Road street market. Countdown epicenter, Bali Hai Pier, has been decked out with holiday decorations with art exhibitions mixed in with the music.
Officials and performing artists announce this year’s gala countdown to 2013.
Musical acts slated to perform include Kala, Playground, Crescendo, Stamp, Palmy, Instinct, Modern Dog, Pang Nakhrin, Shin Shinawut, Thaitanium, Big Ass, Buddha Bless and artists from television talent show, “The Star.”
The finale, Dec. 31, will be televised nationally and feature a display of 2,000 fireworks.