Parade preparations under way
With Christmas eight days away, Santa will finish his festive ride through the North Waikato in Te Kauwhata on Friday night.
Christmas festivities will kick off at 5pm with an evening of street activities then the parade starting at 7pm.
Activities include a free sausage sizzle put on by the local Lions, a Christmas stocking raffle, live music from The Remnants and The Front-Liners, as well as late night shopping, face painting and lots of fun for the family.
Amber Casey from Te Kauwhata Community Events said last year’s parade proved so successful, they’ve decided to follow the same programme.
Children at Te Kauwhata Childcare and Learning Centre have been busy preparing their float for the special event.
Called the Secret Garden, children will dress up as insects sitting inside a garden they created from paint and cardboard.
Float entry forms are available from DISC in Te Kauwhata, the library and the Post & Office.
PRETTY AS A PETAL: Children, all aged 4, from the Te Kauwhata Childcare and Learning Centre, Jahna Lovegrove, Jaeda Davis, Addison Rankin, Zachary Miller, teacher Keri Whitaker and Jaden Burns, have been creating flowers for their float.