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Everybody loves a jolly parade

December is here, and with it comes a season of celebrations. Work Christmas parties, Christmas Parades, and [hopefully] sunshine are all key parts of the end-of-year silly season.

Santa’s coming to town

Masterton’s Christmas Parade begins tomorrow from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. Starting next to the Countdown supermarket before travelling along Queen St and finishing in the Farriers Bar and Eatery car park.

Later in the day there will be a Christmas family afternoon at Queen Elizabeth Park with live performances, food trucks, free miniature train rides and more. An impressive 35 floats are booked for the Masterton Christmas Parade.

Masterton Christmas Parade, Queen St. Tomorrow, 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

Masterton Christmas in the Park, Queen Elizabeth Park. Tomorrow, 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

Jetsprint champs

Round One of the New Zealand Jetsprint Championship starts Sunday on the Kiwispan Jetsprint Track at the Tauwharenīkau Racecourse in Featherston.

The Kiwispan Jetsprint track is about the size of a rugby field, and the jetboats are considered to be some of the fastest machines on the planet, reaching speeds of 140kmh in less than two seconds.

The family-friendly event will have food caravans on site, tickets can be purchased online or at the gate, but gate sales are limited.

Jetsprint Championships, Tauwharenīkau Racecourse, Featherston. Sunday, 11am.

Folk in the vines

Le Grá Vineyard is welcoming people back through the gates tomorrow for its third annual Folk in the Vines event.

The afternoon promises music and wine – a winning combo. Guests are invited to take their own picnic food or pre-order one of Le Grá’s platters when booking tickets.

There will be a selection of Le Grá wines, beers, ciders, and non-alcoholic sodas – no BYO drinks will be allowed.

Local band Richochet will be performing, followed by the Shenanigans all the way from Wellington – the final act of the afternoon will be CC’s House.

Le Grá Vineyard, Folk in the Vines, 42 Loopline. Tomorrow, 12pm to 6pm.

Writing and
reading workshops

Wairarapa Word and the Wairarapa Library Service are hosting an evening of short [and shorter] fiction featuring two writers coming over the Hill from Wellington.

On Thursday, December 7, the Hurunui o Rangi Room at the Carterton Events Centre will play host to Anthony Lapwood and Jack Remiel Cottrell.

A flash fiction writing workshop for adults will be held between 2.30pm and 4.30pm and registration is through [email protected] is necessary.

An open short and flash ficition session will be run from 6pm to 7.30pm and no registration is necessary, though koha is appreciated.

SHORT, SHORTER, Carterton Events Centre, 50 Holloway St. Thursday December 7, 2.30pm-4.30pm and then 6pm-7.30pm.


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