Market, festival in Christmas spirit

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Just in time for Christmas, the last Tamahere Market of the year is on this Saturday. Update: Last market was held on December 17 but the St Stephen’s Christmas Festival and Christmas shop runs until December 24.

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It’ll be a great opportunity to find distinctive gifts from the handmade arts and crafts offered by the many talented stallholders.

And it’s also an opportunity to stock up on Christmas spirit from the wonderful displays at the St Stephen’s Christmas Festival on at the same time in the church and hall.

The 25-year-old festival with its beautiful displays of Christmas decorations and nativity scenes is always one of the real pleasures of the season. It is open daily from 10am to 4pm until December 24 with choristers singing carols at 11am and 2pm each day.

Proceeds from the festival’s Christmas Shoppe are donated to charity and in quarter of a century of effort it has raised around $340,000 for deserving causes.

Meanwhile, the market’s speciality food array is also a chance to put some extra bite in the Christmas fare.

“Imagine a platter with Pukeatua Peak Goats Cheese, Cloudy Mountain Cheese, Volare Handcrafted Sourdough Breads, The Olive Estate oils and some delicious festive fruit chutney from CuisineScene New Zealand,” enthuses market organiser Jane Manson.

More detail on the market including directions here.

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