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!

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