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Saying thank you, giving back to the Oxford community and superheroes! Saying thank you, giving back to the Oxford community and superheroes!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the superheroes of Oxford dressed up for the annual Oxford and Districts Lions Christmas parade on Sunday 20th December. The local community will line up along Bay Road awaiting the display of 20 festive floats; the Rangiora Pipe Band, vintage cars, a fire engine and preschool children in the back of trailers pulled by tractors. Prizes will be awarded for the best float and fancy dress, dressed to ...

Rangiora’s biggest Santa Parade set to bring Christmas joy Rangiora’s biggest Santa Parade set to bring Christmas joy

With this year’s cancellation of the Christchurch City Santa Parade, crowds will flock to Rangiora’s Toyota Santa Parade on Sunday 13 December - one of the biggest parades in the South Island outside of Christchurch! Among these people will be Alana and Glen, regulars at the Christchurch City and New Brighton Santa Parade, who decided this year to see what Rangiora’s Santa Parade has to offer. For Glen, it’s another chance to put smiles on ...

Christmas comes early Christmas comes early

Six-year-old Eli Craigie got an early visit from Santa yesterday.   When he returned from helping his grandparents stack hay in sticky conditions, he found a new playhouse – which he had won during Kaiapoi’s Christmas Parade & Carnival – sitting pride of place in his family’s back yard at Amberley.   The playhouse was gifted by Waghorn Builders Ltd during the Carnival last weekend. Held on the first Saturday of December, the Kaiapoi community event has proudly ...

From farm animals to floats - Kaiapoi’s Christmas spirit returns to Williams Street once again! From farm animals to floats - Kaiapoi’s Christmas spirit returns to Williams Street once again!

On Saturday 5 December at 1:30pm, thousands will gather to watch 60+ Christmas floats parade down Williams Street. Going back 130 years ago, these floats looked, sounded and smelt a little different, but not in the way you would expect. According to Event Manager Tracy Inwood, the Kaiapoi Santa Parade started with the former mayor of Kaiapoi parading his sheep and cattle down Williams Street all dressed up in Santa hats and tinsel for Christmas! This year’s ...

Arts District - November 2020 Arts District - November 2020

The three Waimakariri Art Galleries present regular exhibitions of local artists’ work and as a region we are well endowed with practising artists in a range of genres. Adding to this wealth of creativity this month is Arts Canterbury who offer a juried exhibition of their members’ work at The Mill at Waikuku.  The judges who selected the works are Warren Feeney, Press arts correspondent, and artists Joel Hart and Brent Firkin. The owners of the ...

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