A cul-de-sac in Woodman Drive, Tawa, is the place to be this Thursday night if you really want to feel the Christmas spirit – and see it illuminated in all its glory.
The neighbourhood boasts some amazing Christmas displays and attracts regular visitors. One particular cul-de-sac, which has houses numbering 46-54, is decked out with Santas, candy canes, lights and many other festive features through December.
Tawa College’s head boy and Woodman Dr resident Mitchell Bernard came up with the idea for a celebration of all things Christmas, to be held in the cul- de-sac, but with an ulterior motive – raising money for the Salvation Army.
‘‘So many houses in Woodman get their houses decked out, it’s an impressive sight that a lot of people come up to see. So I thought it would be a great opportunity to hold a party, have a bit of fun and raise some money for a charity that needs it. I hope everyone comes up for a look.’’
The Tawa College Dawn Chorus – fresh from a performance at the Michael Fowler Centre over the weekend – will be in full song, along with a brass band, from 7pm. There will be a sausage sizzle and other food available, along with raffles of gift baskets that have been supported by local businesses.
Every dollar raised will go to the Salvation Army.
Mitchell is confident it can become an annual affair, linked with Tawa College. He received help from other head students, from this year and next, and from teacher Jenny Engelbrecht, who ‘‘loved the idea’’.
‘‘I texted a couple of mates and said we should do this, then a few more people got involved and in the end there was 16 of us. It’s just kind of grown. This is our last year [ at college] and it’s been about giving back to our school and community that has served us so well.’’
Party time: Tawa College head boy Mitchell Bernard, the chief organiser of the street party in Woodman Drive this week, is confident the event will go down a treat with residents and visitors alike.