Christ­mas spirit

The Bay­leys Christ­mas lights tour is back for 2015.

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On -

With De­cem­ber fast ap­proach­ing, now is the time to start think­ing about get­ting into the Christ­mas spirit. To help you do this, the Bay­leys Christ­mas lights tour is back. A num­ber of Mata­mata res­i­dents got in­volved last year with dec­o­rat­ing their homes in Christ­mas lights. Res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to en­ter their home into the tour, with maps avail­able mid-De­cem­ber for the pub­lic to take part.

Bay­leys Mata­mata’s Mar­garet Troughton said she was ex­cited to be in­volved in the tour once again. ‘‘It’s fan­tas­tic to see ev­ery­one get into the Christ­mas spirit and re­ally get in­volved in dec­o­rat­ing their homes.’’ Mata­mata Mitre 10’s Lynette Stan­ley said this year so­lar lights were prov­ing to be a real hit. ‘‘There is such a wide range avail­able at Mitre 10, every­thing from coloured ropes and ici­cles to snowflakes, rein­deer and Santa.’’

But res­i­dents shouldn’t feel they need to spend big money or pro­duce a large dis­play to be in­volved, Lynette said. Two par­tic­i­pants will also ran­domly be drawn at the end of De­cem­ber and will each win a $150 Mitre 10 voucher. This year, Mata­mata busi­nesses are also en­cour­aged to dec­o­rate their shops and win­dows. To­gether with the Chron­i­cle, Bay­leys and Mitre 10 will be run­ning a front win­dow dis­play com­pe­ti­tion which will then be de­cided on by pub­lic vote. ‘‘In the past, just a few busi­nesses have dec­o­rated their store front and win­dow, but this year we would love for the whole town to be cov­ered in Christ­mas joy,’’ Mar­garet said.

– Keep an eye out in the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle for your Bay­leys Christ­mas lights tour reg­is­tra­tion form.

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