Top five things to do this weekend

YOU BETTER NOT POUT: Because Santa Claus is coming to H-Town.
YOU BETTER NOT POUT: Because Santa Claus is coming to H-Town.


This is your chance to see the country's up and coming sports stars right here in Hamilton. Claudelands Arena will be the head quarters for the games but sporting competitions will be held all over Hamilton, from wheelchair basketball at the YMCA to athletics at Porritt Stadium. There are up to 20 different types of sports taking part in the games, including paralympic ones.



If you are on the hunt looking for crafty goodies to fill up those Christmas stockings, head along to the Hamilton Christmas Market at the YWCA on the corner of Pembroke and Clarence streets between 8am and 1pm. There will also be a sausage sizzle raising money to the Waikato SPCA.

Next on the Chirstmas to-do list is the Tamahere Country Twilight Market this Saturday from 4pm.

On Sunday, it's the Centre Place Christmas Parade, starting at 3pm. There will be around 80 floats taking part this year so grab the kids and find a spot on Angelsea St to watch.

And lastly, the Harrowfield Lights will be switched on this Sunday at 9pm. Don't worry if you can't make it, the displays will run until Christmas Day.



It's the second Sunday of the month and that means it's time from the Raglan Creative Market at the Old School Arts Centre. Some of the highlights include seasonal organic produce, homemade pesto, fresh baked breads and woven flaxware. The market begins at 9am and runs til 2pm. Another great reason to head to Raglan this Sunday is Raglan Christmas in the Park at Te Kopua Domain between 5pm and 9pm. But let's be honest here - who really needs an excuse to go to Raglan for the day? I certainly don't.



It is the last weekend to see Fang  - A Rock Horror Comedy at the Morrinsville Theatre. Directed by Johanna Chase and Deborah May, choreographed by Sam Vautier,the show has had great reviews. Dinner is included in the ticket price.



The Northern Spirits take on the Otago Sparks this Saturday and Sunday at St Peter's School, Cambridge, Saturday 10am and Sunday 10.30am. Both days are free so head along and enjoy yourselves.