Youngsters contribute to Christmas fun
Christmas festivities will be a little different in Ngaruawahia with no Christmas parade planned this year.
The Christmas on Jesmond event will take place on Sunday.
That doesn’t mean the community won’t have their own input as local early childhood centres have decorated small trees to be hung up on the Jesmond St.
The project was organised by the Twin Rivers Art Centre and the trees were made out of old real estate signs.
About six each were sent to Galbraith Kindergarten, Newcastle Kindergarten, Kids Time Kindergarten and Active Discoverers Educare for the youngsters to decorate how they wish.
’’At the end of the day we wanted it to look like a fun kids’ thing, we wanted the kids to be involved,’’ Twin Rivers Art Centre volunteer June Rowland said.
‘‘We wanted something fun and bright.’’
Volunteer Alex Parr contributed by attaching the mini trees with a fishing swivel in order for them to spin in the wind.
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 made out of the signs too, and a decoration station is open for the community on the day.
Ngaruawahia Community House manager Anne Ramsay said they strayed away from floats this year as it was a big ask for small businesses.
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.
‘‘It’s a fun family-focused day... the kids have provided the Christmas decorations this year which is great.’’
She said by using the centre of town, it’ll be more easily accessible.
Twin Rivers Art Centre volunteers June Rowland, left, and Marama Olsen are working hard to put the final touches on decorations.