Market a pre-Xmas must

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Nothing says Christmas is looming like the fact that there are just three Tamahere Market days before the big day.

Signs of the times: Tamahere markets and the Christmas Festival make the season
Signs of the times: Tamahere markets and the Christmas Festival make the season
The first of the three is this coming Saturday, November 21, where the taste temptations will include the area’s bountiful crop of strawberries. Yummm.

Among the popular art pieces will be the Bron Alexander calendars – an item that sells like hot cakes.

And there are genuine hot cakes, too. “Best in the world” Mama’s hot doughnuts, delicious with ice cream and a drizzle of Limoncello or some other favourite tipple.

Stunning Peonies will also be available at this and the other markets before Christmas along with lots of seedlings to plant in our own gardens or to make a gift of. A couple of tomato plants in pots, for instance, is the gift that goes on giving.

The second pre-Christmas market will be the December 5 twilight market, from 4pm to 8pm, which will also mark the start of the St Stephen’s Christmas Festival, the event that more than any other in Tamahere puts the sparkle into the season.

The Monday-to-Saturday festival, with its twice daily carol singing at 10.30am and 1.30am, will run until Christmas Eve. The carol singing is led by local choirs and performers.

Meanwhile, the church hall will be stuffed to the rafters with handmade Christmas decorations for sale (proceeds to charities) and also the place for a soothing cuppa with homemade Christmas cake and shortbread.

The December 5 Twilight Market is often just the ticket for stocking fillers but market organiser Jane Manson said this year there is also lots of things for children.

The variety of bigger ticket items will include outdoor chairs, rock torches and wrought iron towel rails.

The third and last market for the year will be just in time for last minute Christmas buying – December 19, 8.30am to 1pm.

Click here for more on the Tamahere Market, held in the St Stephen’s Church grounds, corner of Tamahere Drive and Airport Rd, from 8.30am to 1pm.

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