Tak­ing Christ­mas lightly

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By LIBBY KIS­SICK

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.

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