Taking Christmas lightly
A Christmas night market held at The Plaza last Tuesday was a first for Putaruru.
From 7pm around 17 businesses and craftspeople offered their wares and services to late- night shoppers.
Pride in Putaruru manager Rebecca Sanson said the turnout of shoppers at the market was disappointing but all those who came found it a really good event.
‘‘ I think a lot of people had already finished their Christmas shopping, even before me. But every single person who came, walked out with a couple of bags.
‘‘ The local chemists were there, two different quilting people and a lady who made her own chocolates; among others,’’ Ms Sanson said.
The market organiser said the three- hour evening was definitely a good one and a majority of stall owners were keen to sign up for next year.
‘‘ People seem to get their Christmas shopping in earlier so I think we will have it a bit earlier next year,’’ she said.
As part of Pride in Putaruru’s festive planning, the annual Light up your House and Light up your Business competitions are under way.
The event, which incites many houses and businesses to invest in flickering lights, fake snow and jolly greetings, has proven particularly popular this year. ‘‘ We’ve got good numbers this year. ‘‘ It is quite interesting, a lot of people are getting into celebrating Christmas this year,’’ Ms Sanson said.
The competition runs until Christmas Eve when winners will be announced.
The winners of each category will receive a $ 100 voucher from participating Putaruru businesses.
Libby Kissick is a WINTEC journalism student
LET THERE BE LIGHT: Pride in Putaruru’s annual Light up your House and Light up your Business competitions which are under way.