Join in the fes­tiv­i­ties

Central Otago Mirror - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Christ­mas has well and truly ar­rived in Ar­row­town and you are in­vited to join in the fes­tiv­i­ties and cel­e­brate the ar­rival of a spec­tac­u­lar fes­tive sea­son.

The Ar­row­town com­mu­nity has al­ways cel­e­brated the ar­rival of the fes­tive sea­son but this year that fes­tive spirit will be a lot more ob­vi­ous thanks to a new ini­tia­tive funded by the Com­mu­nity Trust of South­land.

‘‘We are mak­ing it feel like Christ­mas is ac­tu­ally hap­pen­ing in Ar­row­town this year,’’ says Christ­mas in Ar­row­town co-or­di­na­tor Julie Hughes.

Julie says the Dis­cover Ar­row­town com­mu­nity group to­gether with lo­cal busi­ness own­ers hoped to make Christ­mas 2010 the best yet with a week-long cel­e­bra­tion planned.

‘‘It (Ar­row­town) wasn’t fes­tive enough in the past and be­cause we have a lot of vis­i­tors and also be­cause the town has grown, we wanted to cre­ate a fes­tive Christ­mas and make peo­ple re­alise it is here.’’

The week-long Christ­mas in Ar­row­town event kicked off on Mon­day and runs through un­til Sun­day.

Julie says it is made pos­si­ble thanks to a $2,500 grant from the Com­mu­nity Trust of South­land.

‘‘We wanted to be able to cre­ate some­thing for peo­ple to come along and en­joy and take part in.

‘‘It also show­cases Ar­row­town and what it has to of­fer.

‘‘All of the shops have come on board and have dec­o­rated their win­dows and we’ve got fairy lights (supplied by the coun­cil) up,’’ Julie says.

1500 Christ­mas in Ar­row­town colour­ing com­pe­ti­tions have been dis­trib­uted to school chil­dren aged 10 and un­der through­out the Wakatipu Basin.

If you missed out copies can be col­lected and com­pleted en­tries dropped off at the Lakes District Mu­seum in Ar­row­town. Mon­day - Ar­row­town Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade and com­mu­nity mem­bers put the com­mu­nity Christ­mas Tree up. Wed­nes­day - 2pm Ar­row­town Com­mu­nity Preschool and Early Learn­ing Cen­tre Christ­mas per­for­mance on Vil­lage Green Sun­day - Christ­mas in Ar­row­town Cel­e­bra­tion - en­ter­tain­ment all day from 10am. 10am - Com­mu­nity Church Ser­vice - Ev­ery­one wel­come 11am - Ar­row En­ter­tain­ers/Min­ers Band 12noon - Colour­ing com­pe­ti­tion awards 1pm-3pm - Santa ar­rives with Ar­row Car­riages plus fire en­gine and car­riage rides 3pm-4pm - Ca­role Singers Lunchtime en­ter­tain­ment will be pro­vided ev­ery day for the week.

Christ­mas in Ar­row­town co-or­di­na­tor Julie Hughes.

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