Lots to do in the Tararua neighborhood

Check out the carriages at the Pahiatua Railcar Society Open House. Photo/NZME

There will be plenty of choices for people looking for entertainment or activities in the neighborhood as Christmas approaches.

Students from the Helen Carvers School of Music will perform at St John’s Anglican Church on November 20, starting at 2 p.m.

A range of crafts will be available for purchase at the Woodville Street Market on November 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Abba Dancing Queen tribute show will be presented at Dannevirke Town Hall on November 20 at 7 p.m. Organizers promise over two hours of fun and high-energy musical performances with a live backing band, costume replicas, lighting and theatrical effects. Tickets are available on 0800 BUY TIX (289 849).

There will be opportunities to look for unique Christmas gifts at Dannevirke Market on November 26 at A&P Showgrounds.

Stalls include food, crafts and other local products.

The Viking Choir will sing well-known songs at their spring concert.  Photo/NZME
The Viking Choir will sing well-known songs at their spring concert. Photo/NZME

Dannevirke’s Viking Choir will perform their annual spring concert on November 26.

Spokesman Ross Macdonald said there would be music from the Beatles, The Seekers, Elvis Presley, Boney M, Simon and Garfunkel as well as songs such as Hallelujah and Danny Boy.

“These are songs we’ve always enjoyed,” he said.

The concert would also include elements of dancing and small groups providing a variety of entertainment.

It will take place at the Fountain Theater in Ward Street, from 7 p.m.

Pahiatua is hosting a Community Color Fun Run on November 27.

The event is organized to raise awareness about the White Ribbon – a campaign to end violence against women and girls.

Participants will run on the grounds of Bush Multisport Park, where colored powder will be thrown at them.

Organizers have recommended people wear white to take full advantage of the colored powder, but also suggest younger children wear goggles to protect their eyes.

The event is free and starts at 12 p.m.

Santa Claus will stop for the Christmas parade, both in Dannevirke and Pahiatua on December 3.  Photo/NZME
Santa Claus will stop for the Christmas parade, both in Dannevirke and Pahiatua on December 3. Photo/NZME

The Dannevirke Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday December 3 from 12 noon.

The parade will start from the southern end of the High Street and end at McPhee Street.

A pop-up Fantasy Cave, in the Fountain Theater, will open shortly after the parade concludes and will be open for limited hours from December 5 until Christmas Eve.

For those wishing to attend the Pahiatua Christmas parade, it will also be on December 3, starting at 4:15 p.m.

It’s part of its Explore Christmas event and starts at 4 p.m. in the city center. It will include live entertainment as well as street food and a night market.

The Pahiatua Railcar Society will hold an open day on December 3 at Pahiatua Station.

The day offers the option of riding the standard carriage or the iconic Silver Fern or people can visit the station to view the collection of railway memorabilia.

Workshop tours where people can see the collection and the restoration project will also be available.

The open day takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wai Splash is hosting a 25th anniversary celebration on December 3 from 1-4 p.m.

The event will include information on recent improvements and their plans for the future.

There will be a sizzle of sausages and the launch of a new inflatable toy. Admission will be $2.

Tararua REAP is hosting Christmas in the Park on December 8 for children up to age five.

Spokeswoman Caroline Gyde said the event was intended for children in their playgroups, but others would be welcome.

She said it was a good opportunity for parents to network with other parents.

Parents are asked to bring food and water for their child.

There would be entertainment, including the Tararua trailer and the mini train, as well as a visit from Santa Claus.

Christmas in the Park will take place at the upper estate, Dannevirke from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The annual Christmas Market will take place on December 10 at Wop Wops in Norsewood, from 10am to 2pm.

There will be plenty of stalls selling everything from crafts to food, with entertainment as well.

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