This is going to be our last post before the Christmas break. It's good to know there are lots of great things happening and markets and events over the holiday period and so we thought we'd just link you to what's on for you ...
Most markets go all the way through although do check their website or Facebook page if you aren't sure. If we don't have a link just Google the market name and you should be able to find any changes in the holiday dates.
Enjoy Marlborough markets if you are travelling in the South Island, Hibiscus Coast markets if you are north of Auckland or Taranaki markets if you are in that beautiful part of our country just to name a few!
You'll find the Original Gypsy Fair in Waihi just after Christmas and there are still some Christmas markets in Parnell and Ohoka to enjoy this week! Then of course there is plenty to do as we head into the new year with January markets.
January is a wonderful month to indulge and enjoy a good Kiwi Festival and there are quite a number on which you can see in our January Festivals including the fabulous Hibiscus Rodders Beach Festival later in the month.
Remember we are always updating these pages as new markets and Festivals come to light so keep checking back and let us know of any we haven't got listed ... We also confirm our market calendar has now been updated as you couldn't see the events correctly - thanks to Richard from SpiceCraft who alerted us to fix the problem!!
And just a reminder there are some fabulous small businesses out there who can still solve any late Christmas present problems you may have including Justine's World Organics with beautiful skincare, Erase Your Face a gentle and effective way to get rid of makeup and Magick Potions with her divine array of gorgeous items great for "healing the emotional, spiritual and the physical" - which we all need a little of at this time of year!!
So on that note I'll bid you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Enjoy your holidays, relax, spend time with families and if you are heading away have safe travels! We'll be back refreshed and full of great news from Monday 9 January xxx
Well if you haven't done your Christmas shopping yet you really don't need to worry as there are still plenty of opportunities.
Instead of racing into the hot and crowded malls why not indulge yourself at the local markets where you can relax in the fresh air, have great food and entertainment whilst seeking out beautiful and unique gifts.
Coming up over this week there are some great events including The Coast Christmas Carnival at The Plaza, Whangaparaoa. Lots of great Christmas stalls, craft, art, live music, street theatre all culminating in Christmas carols at 7pm.
The last Santa Parade we have on our list is also on in Maungaturoto and the Cambridge Christmas Festival finishes on 17th. The Original Gypsy Fair is on this weekend in Matamata as well as the New Plymouth Kids Market and Coast Collective Market in Silverdale
Plus we also now have links directly to all Saturday markets in Auckland and Saturday markets in the rest of New Zealand and Sunday markets in Auckland and Sunday Markets in the rest of New Zealand for quick and easy reference
This post we'd also like to tell you about a few other fabulous small businesses where you can get unique and beautiful gifts as wonderful Christmas presents. These include ...
Restyle Boutique in Orewa. Not only get your Christmas and New Year outfits but they have lots of fabulous accessories, pop in if you are in the area ...
It's a bit late for overseas posting but never too late to enjoy beautiful handcrafted jewellery from Silverstone Jewellery. Either buy online or from their studio.
For fabulous Scentsy products and it's not just beautiful smelling products for the home but also for kids, cleaning products, skin care and lots more. To find a consultant in your area search online at www.scentsy.com
Or if you are after something for the kids you can't go past Kidzstuff Online with a huge range of goodies and ideas. Visit in store on the North Shore or shop online
Over the next couple of posts we are going to feature just a few wonderful small businesses with some fabulous and unique gift ideas for you for Christmas …
For those parents or grandparents looking for goodies for the little ones check out August Boutique. With everything from toys, shoes, bibs, bottles, feeders and lots, lots more there’s something to bring a smile to each of those little one’s faces. Check out their great selection and contact Tracey to make sure you get your order before Christmas!
Want to give somebody with a little one something totally unique? Check out what Memories in 3D can do for you …
Their castings create beautiful replicas of baby or young children’s hands and/or feet and are preserved in a frame as a totally unique keepsake to be forever treasured. Contact Tanya to find out what she can do for you.
Last but not least and still on the theme of keepsakes today we are featuring Custom Keepsakes. Personalised gifts including cufflinks, keyrings, bookmarks, jewellery or how about creating a unique piece with your child’s artwork or own design. Finger prints, hand prints or charms check out their wide selection of customised gifts in sterling silver, fine silver, copper or brass Lois will create your design to your desired specifications.
Just a few of the amazing local businesses where you can find that perfect gift this Christmas …
So the Christmas festivities are really cranking up now ...
Even those not keen on this time of year must admit the atmosphere of fast approaching holidays, tinsel and even those Christmas songs can bring a smile to your face. Markets and Parades are in their height now and this week we have ...
The Orewa Christmas Twilight Market on tomorrow evening from 5-8 pm in the Community Hall. A special night of Christmas shopping with a selection of over 80 stalls including arts, crafts, gifts and yummy food. Music, face painting, hungerball and of course Santa will be there at 6.30 pm!
Also on tomorrow is the Shelly Bay "All Things Children" Christmas market. Held at The Lodge, Mapuia in Wellington from 6-9 pm this is the perfect venue for those kiddies goodies!
The Original Gypsy Fair decends on Pukekohe this weekend with yet another opportunity to pick up some fabulous, unique Christmas gifts.
There are also plenty of Santa Parades and Festivals to enjoy this weekend including the Birkenhead Rotary Santa Parade, Mangere Santa Parade and Waiheke Island Santa Parade. Check out full listings in our December Festival listings.
Of course you can always visit your local regular markets which always have an irresistible selection of stalls and ideas for that hard to buy person for Christmas and it doesn't have to break the budget!
Coming up next week is the fabulous Coast Christmas Carnival at The Plaza but more on that later ...
In the meantime enjoy the great market, Parade and Festival selection and if you know of any unique or special products that would make great gifts let us know and we'll feature some of these next week to give you all great special gift ideas ...
Well just as a touch of light relief from the mountain of Christmas events, Parades and markets currently on we thought we’d look at something slightly different in this week’s blog post …
Have you ever been somewhere and come across a local event and thought that’s just totally weird!! Here’s a festival you could consider weird, although if you are a cheese lover you may just want to be part of it …
Cheese rolling has been popular in England since the fifteenth century and the home of cheese rolling is Gloucestershire. The reason for the event is a little unclear but it is thought it may have been to encourage the fruits of harvest. No matter, nobody cares nowadays they just want to race and win the cheese!
In England the main cheese rolling event is held at Cooper’s Hill (well it naturally has to be a hill) on a Sunday lunchtime. Every May crowds gather, the site is scanned for stones, undergrowth has been cut and contestants limber up and discuss tactics depending on the ground conditions. Being a particularly steep hill Cooper's Hill is ideal for the event.
In a series of “races” people run, tumble and roll down the hill in fast pursuit of a wheel shaped double Gloucester rolling cheese. They are all after the illustrious crown of being the cheese rolling champion!
Numerous injuries are just part of the course but that would of course be the nature of things when you fling yourself downhill at high speed!
Spectators and competitors are all warned of the dangers of the event as it's not just the contestants who could be in for a rough and tumble event. A rolling cheese can reach speeds of up to 70 kph and if it erratically vears off course it could easily knock an unsuspecting spectator out cold!
Oh the English do love their traditions and festivals however, Kiwis, before you laugh at the absurdity of the English activities, take note cheese rolling events have been held in New Zealand. In Gore in the hills of Wendon Valley mad Kiwis have raced downhill with a wheel of Whitestone Windsor blue and also in Tokoroa in the Waikato although they don’t officially use a wheel of cheese but a wooden wheel so I guess that’s not true "cheese" rolling!
We have not been able to currently find a date for the next New Zealand cheese rolling event but if you hear about one do let us know and if you happen to be in the Gloucester region of England next May make a stop and enjoy the original Cheese Rolling Festival!
OK so you've got to face it now is the time for every type of Christmas event and for those who don't get into the Christmas spirit we imagine a miserable time of year.
The shops are all playing "Ding Dong Merrily on High" and have festooned their walls, shelves and tills with a profusion of tinsel and flashing lights and of course our streets are lined with eager little faces as a myriad of Santa's emerge for their annual Parade down every main street across the country!
Soooo... let's tell you just a snippet of what is in store for this coming week ...
Starting the month off with a bang (or is that a puff!) is the Porirua Santa Fun Run on tonight at Eldson Park. A bunch of Santas are running (or you can walk) to Cobham Court around the Porirua Harbour to "Help Move Christmas"! If you're in the area grab your Santa suit and join them from 5.30 pm!
Tomorrow, 2 December, you can enjoy the Go Geraldine Christmas Parade. For those who don't know Geraldine it's is considered the gateway to the Southern Lakes and has a boutique village atmosphere. This year their parade will be followed by entertainment in the Domain as well as the Best Floats prize giving and Santa Sack draw!
Starting on Saturday is the Cambridge Christmas Festival which runs daily until 17 December - decorations, stalls, Christmas Parade, Santa, home baked eats and lots more, so get into the Christmas spirit and make a gold coin donation. All proceeds go into local Charities and groups and last year over $25,000 was distributed back into the local community!
All weekend long there are Parades and Festivals including Blenheim, Browns Bay, Onerahi, Devonport, Palmerston North and more (check our listings) ... Two worth a mention are the Upper Hutt Merry Movie Santa Parade. Floats will have a movie theme such as a classic Christmas film, or a modern interpretation of how a non-Christmas movie might celebrate the occasion or lots more.
This year is also a special year in Riccarton with the 70th Anniversary Santa Parade. For over 69 years the Christchurch Santa Parade has brought joy to the children of Christchurch and surrounds. With a history of fun, excitement and fantasy this year will, of course, be no exception.
So come on everybody pop on your Santa hat, ladies slip on your twinkling Christmas earrings and get out and about now its summer to enjoy your local parade. For details on what is on this week check out our Linku2 Markets | Annual Events | December - we are adding to this every day!
What could be more fun than wandering around your local market. Fresh baking smells, lovingly handcrafted items, each one unique and special, delicious home grown produce - that's what we love and we hope you do too!