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Night market makes Christmas extra special

MARNIE HALLAHAN
Last updated 07:22 13/12/2012
Xmas MArket
MARNIE HALLAHAN

CHRISTMAS FUN: In front of the Tree of Hope are, from left: Katja Boonzaier, 10, Lily Hamilton, 9, Mya Mobberley, 10, and Beatrice Harris, 8, who will perform in the Bruce Mason Centre’s annual Christmas show.

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There's nothing ordinary about the countdown to Christmas in Takapuna.

The Bruce Mason Centre is ramping up the family fun with a night market brimming with gift ideas, tasty treats and entertainment, to run alongside its annual Twelve Days of Christmas Live Show.

The night market will include hand-picked food vendors and more than 40 stalls of fashion, jewellery, toys and Christmas gifts.

Each year the festivities get bigger and better, organiser Lynda Barlow says.

The annual tree appeal where local businesses sponsor and decorate a Christmas tree has already brought the Bruce Mason Centre foyer to life.

Visitors are welcome to visit the trees and donate kitten and puppy food, toys and blankets to go under the Tree of Hope.

But the real fun kicks off on Wednesday, December 19, with Santa arriving at the Santa Grotto, the night market and the Twelve Days of Christmas show - a real family day out.

"This is a real Christmas carnival," Ms Barlow says. "It's about eat and be merry with the ones you love."

All proceeds from this year's event will go to Kids Can, Auckland City Mission, The Wilson Home, SPCA and Sapphire Cat Rescue.

A special event will be held in conjunction with the North Shore Times where lucky punters can guess how many basketballs have been fit into the Times car, with a corporate box at a Breakers game up for grabs.

The night market will run from 4pm to 9pm on December 19, 21 and 22.

Tickets are still available for the show.

Visit brucemason.co.nz.

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