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TA’s Christmas spirit back

Courtesy of Te Awamutu Courier
Stu Parker
TE AWAMUTU ALIVE Christmas Committee chairman Stu Parker says there will be no excuse not to get into the Christmas Spirit in Te Awamutu this year. New Christmas banners, and new banner locations, is just one of the projects undertaken by Te Awamutu Alive. 256051AD/Courier graphic

“There are just 103 sleeps to go until Christmas,” says Leanne Milligan of Te Awamutu Alive promotions group.

She’s not being starryeyed or cynical about it, she just knows there’s plenty of work to be done by then to make Christmas 2005 the best ever in Te Awamutu shopping centre.

Last year Te Awamutu received some negative coverage about the town’s ‘lack of Christmas Spirit’. Te Awamutu Alive has been working on a number of events during the year to promote Te Awamutu as a great place to live. ‘Christmas Spirit 2005’ was born.

"A special committee of eight has been working since March on putting together a full Christmas programme,” Miss Milligan says. “However, at the end of the day eight people can’t do it alone. It needs the whole community to get behind the programme.”

First event in the programme will be ‘Light Up Te Awamutu’ on December 1. A number of large Christmas display lights and a six metre high lighted Christmas tree have been purchased and together with business window displays and residential Christmas light displays Te Awamutu will be well lit up for Christmas.

The Chamber of Commerce will be organising a competition for businesses with the best Christmas window displays and the best Christmas light displays.

The Altrusa Club of Te Awamutu is organising a Christmas Lights Ramble for residential homes so everyone can tour around town taking in the spectacular Christmas light displays.

Added to all of this Te Awamutu Alive has organised Christmas Banners which will be displayed in the CBD.

This year the Outhouse Derby and Windy 50s events will be held on Saturday, December 10 starting from midday and the Santa Parade at 1pm. Santa Parade organiser Blair Fine said “last year there was a serious lack of Christmas Floats so we are hoping that businesses and community organisations really get behind the parade and enter some great Christmas floats for this year’s parade”.

It is hoped that everyone will start thinking now about their Santa Parade float and members of the committee will be contacting local groups and businesses to let them know what is involved.

Also on the 10th Santa will be in residence at TML in the Santa’s grotto.

The Te Awamutu Alive promotions group is also publishing an ‘Advent Calendar’ promoting all Christmas events in December. It is hoped that every day will have at least one event leading up to Christmas. The group are hoping that organisations will get behind the Christmas Spirit 2005 programme and organise events to fill up the calendar.

If your organisation is organising an event advise the team at the Te Awamutu I-site Information Centre. Miss Milligan says “we have a great opportunity to show New Zealand that Te Awamutu has got its Christmas Spirit back but we need the whole community to work together on this. It’s time to get started.”