Late night shop­ping at the Mid­night Mad­ness

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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.’’

STUFF

East FM’s An­drew Laing, Tony King and Chris Kents­ley at last year’s event.

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