Last-minute Christmas rush
This is my last column for 2018 and as predicted I am running around at the last minute trying to finish my Christmas shopping. Luckily after nearly three years at the Hastings City Business Association our amazing retailers are used to my last-minute shopping endeavours.
Luckily the Harcourts Hastings City Night Market on December 20 will be chock full of last-minute gift ideas and stocking stuffers for the whole family. The CBD by the fountain will be packed next week as I try and squeeze in all the craft stalls and food trucks we have lined up for the market.
Of course, Santa’s Wonderland will be open all night and Santa himself will be there for pictures and lastminute wish lists. With live music and spot prizes to give out, it’s going to be an amazing night and the perfect way to ease into the holiday break.
If you’re like me and like to find ways to give back at this time of year, there are a couple of easy ways to do it.
At Santa’s Wonderland we collect donations of food or coins for the Hastings Food Bank Trust. The Food Bank regularly runs low at this time of year and being able to make sure that everyone is fed over the holidays is so important.
If you’re still searching for stocking stuffers, LaPetite Chocolat has launched their Women’s Refuge chocolate bar. They make a donation to Women’s Refuge for every bar sold. What a delicious donation! Pop into their store on Heretaunga Street East or visit their stall at the Night Market.
And of course, the Kmart Wishing Tree is well past its 20th year and is a great way to help support the work that the Salvation Army does at this time of year. Drop a present off at the tree and it will go directly to a kid in need this Christmas. If you don’t have time to shop you can donate online or at the checkout.
That’s it, my last column for the year done. From myself, the team and from Hastings City, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and have a wonderful New Year. See you in 2019!