Update December 7

Posted by GO Waihi on 07/12/2016

Have you been behaving? Santa’s in the know you know. That festive feeling sure has struck around here and I love it. That holiday mode is starting to kick in, along with the ‘I better get some things done soon or Christmas will sneak up on me’ going on too. I hope your Christmas preparations are coming together. Pace yourself and spread the load. And I guess we better start thinking about that New Year resolution too. How’s this year’s going by the way. Busy times so keep your wits about you on the road and keep smiling, it adds to your face value ... and people wonder what you’ve been up to!

SANTA, SLEIGH, FLOATS, FUN AND YOU SATURDAY IN WAIHI
That sounds like a great mix for the GO Waihi annual Christmas Parade with Harcourts Coastal Realty Waihi Saturday starting at 1 pm. Listen for the lone bagpiper signalling the parade’s about to start and make sure you let the littlies have a good, safe position on the footpath to see all the floats, and Santa Claus! There are some good cash prizes for the Best Float, Most Christmassy, Most Kiwi, the Funniest and several other categories and even one for Best Dressed adult and child too. Get into the spirit and be part of a fantastic community day.

WAIHI CHRISTMAS MARKET DAY SATURDAY SOLVES YOUR GIFT IDEAS
Where do you start with gifts for the ‘hard to buy for’ people? That’s easy, downtown Saturday in Waihi at the Christmas Market Day. There’ll be a ton of ideas in and outside lots of the shops in Waihi’s Mall Without Walls, in the main shopping centre. Add stalls with even more choice and your pretty well sorted. Waihi Lions have some great raffles for hams and all sorts sorted across the morning and enjoy the music in front of the Waihi Memorial Hall. It’s a great start to a fantastic day in Waihi so come along and get into the festive spirit, get you shopping for Christmas done and enjoy the Christmas Parade while you’re there.

WAIHI MASONIC LODGE GARAGE SALE SATURDAY
A good way to start the day is to head to their Lodge on the corner of Kenny St and Rosemont Rd. The signs’ll be out early for an 8 am start for their annual Garage Sale. You never know what they have up for grabs with lots of donations of things worthy of a second home on sale. All money raised goes back into the local community too, so support them and grab some bargains at the start of the day.

FRIDAY
To be honest the Ohinemuri Singers performance is Friday at 6.30 pm at Waihi Salvation Army’s hall at the top of Seddon St. There’ll be a good selection of Christmas songs and carols to join in with, and a Cantata ‘A Carol for a King’, including a narration and songs of the Christmas Story. It’s just $5 for adults for an hour and a half plus of entertainment with refreshments at the conclusion.

4 x 4 = A GOOD TIME TOMORROW
Bay of Plenty 4 x 4 Club is hosting Round 2 of the National Trials Series Saturday at Mathers Farm, on Mathers Rd, off Trig Rd North. From 8.30 am across the day there’ll be about 50 top spec 4 x 4’s working their way through 30 hazards including dirty mud holes and crazy climbs. $10 for adults, $5 for children and $25 for a family with food and refreshments make this a great day out with a difference. Take a hat and sunscreen!

AND NEXT WEEKEND GET INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
Head downtown in Waihi to hear the Waihi Women’s Choir Christmas Carols performance from 10 am. They’ll be joined by the Salvation Army Band at 10.50 am and you’re welcome to join in the singing of some of your favourite carols. They’re also part of Carols at Gilmour Lake with Waihi Baptist Church next Sunday, December 18, starting at 5.30 pm, a good one for the family, with a picnic maybe and definitely your singing voice. They have word sheets just in case you’re not sure of all the words too.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: The four stages of life ... 1. You believe in Santa 2. You don’t believe in Santa 3. You dress up as Santa 4. You look like Santa