21 Nov 2016: Hamilton set for a cracker Christmas

It’s that time of year again when Hamilton lights up in festive colours and delivers a cracker programme of Christmas events for the whole family.

This is your last chance to grab a core flute reindeer and decorate it for our Dec-a-deer competition, with entries closing Friday 25 November. You can pick one up from any of our libraries or the Council office in Garden Place.

Come and enjoy a festive day out with your best friend at Claudelands Dog Park on Sunday 4 December. There will be lots of dog things to see and do including dog agility, obedience training, dog grooming, assistance dogs and even a visit from Santa. We’ll also be taking donations for SPCA Waikato, so bring along a tin of food or gold coin donation.

This year Garden Place will be a wonderland full of buzz and fun activities. The great Toy Trade, a regular on the Christmas events schedule, will set-up in on Saturday 10 December in Garden Place. The Toy Trade allows the children to ‘set up shop’ and buy, sell or exchange toys and games. Registrations are essential and can be done online.

Children’s Fun Week from the 17 to 23 December is a must for all the family and includes inflatable bouncy castles, face painting, large games and live music.

This year we have a selection of great activities for all the family across the city. Garden Place will be turned into a summer wonderland and other Council facilities will have fun activities going on for all the family to enjoy says City Events Manager Tracey Wood.

“Why not take the family and take a festive twilight tour of Hamilton’s twinkling lights,” says Ms Wood.

By using the online interactive map ensure you don’t miss any of the shining sights. There is also a chance to see the lights from the Go Bus Christmas Lights Bus which departs from the Caro St Coach Park at 8.50pm each night and visits Temple View, Garden Place Christmas Tree and other Hamilton light displays around Hamilton. Bookings are essential.