Update December 9

Posted by Go Waihi on 09/12/2015

The countdown is on. Christmas is rapidly approaching, so is 2016, another birthday and the Super 18 is just eight weeks away – wow! And before that we have a couple of visits from Santa Claus. The jolly man in his red suit’s in Waihi tomorrow – see below – along with Mrs Claus, Rudolf and some of the other reindeer. I better sort the wish list; hopefully the behaviour hasn’t been too bad this year. Then there’s Christmas Eve, and Santa’s second visit, bring it on. I hope your plans for Christmas and the holiday period are coming together, and 2015 has been enjoyable, and positive. That’s the attitude to take in to the New Year, along with bright hopes, achievable goals and a can do attitude. “Dear Santa, I’m happy with just a smile, but please no more pollen.”

Shops and stalls are gearing up for a fun day with bargains galore from 9 am and if you go hungry I’ll eat five cup cakes ... go on, try me. We’re talking bargains in store and out on the street with lots of the shops and through all the stalls in town too. There’ll be a bargain or two thousand, some fantastic sales with more specials on top, reductions in price but not service, a smile with every purchase, all in our mall without walls. The earlier you get there the more time you have to browse, enjoy all the choices of food and refreshments, take in the atmosphere and sort your Christmas shopping and well into 2016. And the drums are compliments of Wai Taiko Drummers who’re coming to perform through the morning for you, beat that.

We’re having a whole lot of fun this Saturday in Waihi. To add to our annual Christmas Market Day it’s all on with the GO Waihi Christmas Parade with Harcourts Waihi at 1 pm. Santa has txt to say he’ll be here early for Mrs Claus to enjoy the hospitality of small town New Zealand, and to pick up on some gifts for others around the world. Santa will be in the last float, keep an eye out for him, he’ll probably give you a wave. There are floats of all varieties; walking, scootering, dancing, riding and on trucks and trailers. Cool eh! Be part of the fun, add to the atmosphere and enjoy a great family day downtown in Waihi. If you don’t get into the Christmas spirit, figuratively speaking, you probably don’t believe ... in a good time.

They’re the Waihi Masonic Lodge doors and it’s a fundraiser, with proceeds going back into the local community so get along and support them and pick up some super dooper deals. They want to thank everyone who’s kindly donated some cool gear for the sale, you’re awesome. What have they got? Only one way to find out and that’s to get along on Saturday  to the Masonic Lodge on the corner of Kenny St and Rosemont Rd in Waihi. They want to clear out their ‘garage’, why not give them a hand.

Here’s a good idea for Saturday night. Starting at 6.30 pm the Salvation Army Hall in Waihi will be full of the sounds of the Ohinemuri Singers presenting their Christmas Calls Cantata, along with a selection of carols for both the choir and, yes, you get to join in too. Children get in for free, it’s just $8 for adults and light refreshments are included. A canny cantata can tart up a great night uncannily.

On Sunday afternoon Waihi School of Dance presents La Premier, a night featuring past and present influential films from yesteryear through to today, all through the beautiful form of dance. Celebrate the achievements of the pupils with this celebration of Hollywood; they’re ready to put on a show! The invitation is there to dress for the occasion, add a little sparkle, put on the bling and enjoy a great show. Under 5’s are free, for under 18’s it’s just $5 and it’s $7 for the rest of us, or you can get a group of 10 plus together and pay just $60. You can even book on 021 025 88693. Doors open at 5.30 pm at the Waihi Memorial Hall with the show getting underway at 6.30 pm.

Next week I’ll have details about Christmas Carols with the Waihi Women’s Choir and Salvation Army Band, and also Carols in the Park, both happening next weekend in Waihi.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Having the right to do it doesn’t mean it’s right to do.