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It will be a white Christ­mas in Free­mans Bay this year. The open­ing night of Franklin Rd’s fes­tive light dis­play will see part of the street turn in to a ‘‘win­ter won­der­land’’ thanks to a snow ma­chine. Res­i­dent Roscoe Thorby says it is a first for the pub­lic event in the two decades since it started. ‘‘For some Auck­land chil­dren this will also be the first time they have ever seen snow so it will be re­ally ex­cit­ing for every­one.’’ The Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board ap­proved $5000 of fund­ing to­wards this year’s open­ing night. It is hoped the snow ma­chine will cre­ate a ‘‘snow play­ground’’ for chil­dren on De­cem­ber 1 when the lights are of­fi­cially switched on. The event will con­tinue its com­mu­nity-driven, com­mer­cial free spirit this year, he says. ‘‘We’ll have a lo­cal celebrity turn­ing on the lights but we’re go­ing back to ba­sics. It seems to be what the com­mu­nity wants.’’

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