Mar­ket get­ting into gear for fes­tive fare


For most of us, it’s too early to be con­tem­plat­ing Christ­mas – but for po­ten­tial stall­hold­ers at Motueka’s Christ­mas Night Mar­ket, now is the time to think fes­tive.

The night mar­ket, which op­er­ates along­side Motueka’s hugely pop­u­lar Starlight Christ­mas Pa­rade, is in its third year, and or­gan­iser Abby But­ler is hop­ing to make it the big­gest and best yet.

‘‘Last year we had about 50 stalls, and many of them were run off their feet,’’ she said.

‘‘The mar­ket has shown to be a great place to pick up high qual­ity, lo­cally made gifts.’’

Abby But­ler

‘‘The mar­ket has shown to be a great place to pick up high qual­ity, lo­cally made gifts.’’

Ms But­ler said the mar­ket, which is or­gan­ised as a fundraiser by the Motueka Playcentre, had had a great at­mos­phere each year, and the com­mit­tee was de­lighted by its suc­cess.

The Night Mar­ket, as well as the other pa­rade fes­tiv­i­ties, runs from 5pm to 9pm, and is to be held this year on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 1st.

Food stalls will cost $40 per sin­gle site, with non-food stalls priced at $30.

The mar­ket is held in the Decks Re­serve car park, and the dead­line for book­ing a stall is Novem­ber 10.

The Motueka Playcentre is a par­ent-run early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre that pro­vides a space for chil­dren to learn through play, along­side their par­ents.

More than $2000 was raised through last year’s Night Mar­ket.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and to book a stall, con­tact Abby But­ler at motuekaplay­cen­


Pete Finch and Vin­cent Dickie en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties at last year’s Christ­mas Night Mar­ket.

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