Late night shopping at the Midnight Madness
Howick Village’s annual late night shopping spree for Christmas returns this Friday.
Midnight Madness showcases shopping bargains, local talent and entertainers, food and activities, with retailers open late.
The free family event begins in stores from 9am and at 6pm the main streets close and turn into an entertainment and food hub.
Howick Village Business Association manager Wendy Dunn says it’s an event not to be missed.
‘‘We’re presenting singers from the Uxbridge Showcase, having appearances from national beauty queens, and Sammy the Train will be in attendance.’’
Animal cycles will also be available for people to ride and can take up to 120kg.
Local clubs and dance groups such as Storm Dance Studio, the square dance club, radio station East FM and more will take the stage and be street entertaining shoppers. A fashion show takes to the main stage from 7.45pm on November 17.
Dunn says the Stockade Hill Christmas tree will be lit at dusk and a display of Christmas lights will take place in Fencible Walk Reserve, with the big guy in red making an appearance.
‘‘The Christmas lights trust has a fantastic display of Christmas decorations, trinkets and trains for all to see, and Santa will be there.’’
East FM’s Andrew Laing, Tony King and Chris Kentsley at last year’s event.