Race in to book your Christ­mas knees-up

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

It may only be Au­gust, but hun­dreds of Mata­mata res­i­dents al­ready have their Christ­mas party cal­en­dar date pen­cilled in.

Tick­ets to Mata­mata’s big­gest Christ­mas event at Mata­mata Race­course are sell­ing quickly, with hos­pi­tal­ity pack­age sales up con­sid­er­ably com­pared with the same time last year.

Jaye Clark from Mata­mata Rac­ing Club said the Christ­mas at the Races event was set to be not only the largest Christ­mas party in the re­gion but also the most suc­cess­ful the club had ever held.

‘‘We’re find­ing that busi- nesses and groups of friends are look­ing for some­thing more than a meal out for their Christ­mas get­to­gether,’’ she said.

‘‘ Many peo­ple only get one chance a year to prop­erly cel­e­brate with col­leagues and friends and want an ex­pe­ri­ence they can re­mem­ber.

‘‘We’ve cre­ated a friendly fes­tive at­mos­phere for absolutely any­one to en­joy the races and are look­ing for­ward to mak­ing it the best party Mata­mata has had in some time.’’

Part of a 55-event strong national se­ries, Mata­mata Christ­mas at the Races fea­tures live mu­sic along­side a sched­ule of thrilling thor­ough­bred rac­ing.

The event is be­com­ing one of New Zealand’s most pop­u­lar fes­tive events.

Jaye said the huge num­ber of peo­ple who re­booked for next year’s func­tion im­me­di­ately af­ter at­tend­ing was an in­di­ca­tion that Christ­mas at the Races was a hot ticket for fes­tive par­ties.

‘‘We’re thrilled that Christ­mas at the Races is get­ting big­ger each year and we’re try­ing to in­crease ca­pac­ity where pos­si­ble, but to en­sure a spot we rec­om­mend get­ting in early,’’ Jaye said.

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