Update - December 11

Posted by Go Waihi on 11/12/2012

Wasn’t it great to see Santa on Saturday? He really enjoyed himself and is looking forward to returning on Christmas Eve .The sun has been out to set the summer mood, and the countdown is definitely on to Christmas, the New Year and the holidays. The Waihi district is well set up for your shopping and holiday. We have free parking with no time limit. There’re a great mix of shops, cafes and eateries, and we have all sorts of accommodation available, from backpackers and camping grounds to B & B’s, motels, and some very nice boutique lodges. When it comes to things to see and do, we’ve got everything from some of the best walks in the country to some fantastic beaches, right on our doorstep.

The Go Waihi Christmas Parade with Harcourt’s Waihi has so many parts in the mix, and when they all come together we end up with a crowd friendly, personal and up close parade that we can be proud of. Huge thanks to everyone who helped put the day together.

Firstly to those who went to the trouble of creating floats – just amazing. The Waihi Lions and Waihi Standfast Judo Club looked after the barriers and safety for the parade. Then there’re the people who do things quietly behind the scenes, like Carters Contractors, who spend most of Friday preparing their trucks for floats, and Edwards Transport the same. Then there are the shops that did something extra and deserve recognition for putting the effort in to encourage Christmas sales. Add in more stalls through town and there certainly was a great selection on offer. All the people who come down to enjoy the Market Day and Parade, it’s you that makes our day, the weather wasn’t bad after all, and it was a lot of fun. Thanks again.

Just up Seddon St in the Waihi Memorial Hall is where you’ll see some amazing hip hop moves on Saturday night. The Dynamik Dance Show features hip hop dancers who’ve performed at the World Champs, alongside local dancers and more still from Te Puke. The show starts at 6 pm and it’s just $10 for adults and $7 for children. Book on 027 3232124

There are a lot of shops sporting 10 metre sets of festive flags, kind of like the ones we had for the RWC last year, but Christmassy! Go Waihi has a few sets of these available for $25. Get in touch quickly if you’d like to add to your Christmas decorations.

To celebrate their 50th Jubilee Waihi Arts Centre and Museum in Kenny St has two exhibitions on. A retrospective Eric Lee-Johnson exhibition of paintings and drawings is supported by the Waihi Camera Club with ‘Then & Now’, fifty black and white images covering the last fifty years. Closed between December 18 and 27, they’ll be open every day after that from midday to 4 pm.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Not to decide is to decide.