Christ­mas is com­ing soon!

Hastings Leader - - News - BY KELLY NOLAN Hast­ings Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion man­ager

Sum­mer is truly teas­ing us.

Pop­ping out for a day of glory then re­treat­ing back to hide with the spring rains and cooler tem­per­a­tures. It is hard to be­lieve how quickly 2018 has gone.

As we are well into Novem­ber the Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions are start­ing to ap­pear and soon our enor­mous tree will be up in the cen­tre of the city — we flick the switch to turn it on for the first time at the Har­courts Hast­ings City Night mar­ket on Novem­ber 29. That’s also the date that Santa takes up res­i­dence in our Christ­mas Won­der­land (we’re back in the CBD Mall this year). So it’s time to start think­ing about putting that Christ­mas list to­gether.

Shop­ping lo­cally should be part of your plan and never more so than at Christ­mas. We have even more op­tions for shop­ping in town this year with more shops open­ing ev­ery week.

There is some­thing for ev­ery price range in Hast­ings from high end de­signer fash­ion to op shop pre loved trea­sures and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. Things are feel­ing re­ally ex­cit­ing right now in Hast­ings and with Christ­mas on its way the feel­ing is sure to grow.

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