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Ho, ho, ho! Santa is com­ing to the North Waikato - and we can’t wait.

As Caitlin re­ports on page 5, both Huntly and Ngaru­awahia are pre­par­ing to wel­come the big jolly man in red this week­end.

It’s Huntly’s turn on Satur­day, when the whole town in in­vited to join in the fes­tive party at the do­main, from 10am to 3pm, with the pa­rade at 1pm.

In be­tween the floats, there’ll be live mu­sic and danc­ing, kapa haka, rides, stalls, games and more.

Ngaru­awahia wel­comes Santa on Sun­day, for the town’s Christ­mas on Jes­mond event. Although floats will not fea­ture in Ngaru­awahia, the cen­tre will still bring along Santa and his sleigh.

Vol­un­teers at the cen­tre will also be mak­ing a three-me­tre tall Christ­mas tree, and a dec­o­ra­tion sta­tion is open for the com­mu­nity on the day.

Held from 10am to 2pm, there will be stilt walkers, food and craft stalls, a merry-go-round, tod­dler play-land along with other ac­tiv­i­ties.

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