Lighting up the town brings joy
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.
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.