Light­ing up the town brings joy

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The Bay­leys Christ­mas Lights is back for another year, big­ger and bet­ter than be­fore.

Sev­eral years ago, the Bay­leys team re­alised that Mata­mata was slowly los­ing its spark when it came to the fes­tive sea­son.

So they de­cided, along with the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle, to embrace the Christ­mas sea­son and joined forces with Mata­mata Mitre 10 to rein­vent the an­nual Christ­mas lights.

Bay­leys Mata­mata, along with Mitre 10 and the Chron­i­cle, now in­vite res­i­dents to un­tan­gle their Christ­mas lights and make their homes twin­kle.

Any res­i­dent or business is wel­come to reg­is­ter to be in­cluded on the tour map and will again au­to­mat­i­cally go in the draw to win a $300 Mitre 10 voucher.

Mata­mata Mitre 10 are gen­er­ously of­fer­ing all en­trants a 15 per cent dis­count off their ex­ten­sive Christ­mas lights range, which in­cludes so­lar­pow­ered lights.

A map of the Christ­mas Lights Tour will ap­pear in the Chron­i­cle on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 17.

Chron­i­cle man­ager Milly Keys said or­gan­is­ers were re­ally pleased with the level of en­trants last year. They were hop­ing for just as many this year.

Keys said the Bay­leys Christ­mas Lights Tour was an event the whole com­mu­nity could take part in – as an en­trant or a spec­ta­tor.

‘‘ It’s a re­ally good tra­di­tion . . . hop in the car with the kids, drive around the town and have a look at the Christ­mas lights.

‘‘We re­ally want to see the spirit of Christ­mas come back.’’

Mar­garet Troughton and her team at Bay­leys Mata­mata think that it would be fan­tas­tic if other busi­nesses wanted to jump in and do the same. ‘‘In fact, I would like to chal­lenge other busi­nesses to do it.

‘‘Let’s come to­gether and light up our town.’’

You don’t have to spend the earth to get a good light show. A dec­o­rated Christ­mas tree in the win­dow will bring joy to those who take the tour.

- To reg­is­ter your home, check out next week’s Chron­i­cle for all the de­tails.

Photo: ABBY BROWN

HEROIC LO­CAL: Brad Knyvett, 21, passed through Wa­haroa on Mon­day on his way to Bom­bay. The for­mer Mata­mata lo­cal is walk­ing the length of the North Is­land to raise funds for St John. He had raised $672 on his web­site as of Novem­ber 24. Do­nate at fundraise­forstjohn. ev­ery­day­hero.com/nz/ walk­for­sup­port.

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