Festive Season Arrives in the Waimakariri

Christmas trees and all the trimmings will make their appearance later this week, as Council contractors start the process of adding festive cheer outside the Rangiora Service Centre and Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre.

Large display Christmas tree being installed by contractors outside the Rangiora Service CentreThe tree outside the Rangiora Service Centre will go up on Thursday afternoon, in time for the MainPower Christmas Celebration Night, held in High Street from 5.30pm until 9.30pm on Friday.

On-street parking will be temporarily unavailable directly outside the Rangiora Service Centre on Thursday afternoon, as the parks are needed for contractors to install the tree safely.

To avoid disruption to weekday traffic, Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre will be decorated on Saturday 21 November. Temporary traffic management will be in place while the decorations go up and two-way traffic will be maintained on Williams Street while work is underway.

Christmas flags will be going up in Rangiora, Kaiapoi and Oxford. The Summer flags that usually go up early January will arrive a little later than usual as a new flag system is being introduced, and the changeover has caused a short delay.

The ever-popular North Canterbury News Christmas Tree Festival will re-locate to the Rangiora Town Hall this year, where up to 40 trees will be on display throughout the ground floor between Saturday 5 and Friday 18 December.

Tree viewing is between 10am and 6pm each day. Entry is by gold coin donation and all proceeds go to St Johns ambulance and North Canterbury Rural Support Trust.

As part of the Christmas Celebration Night, various streets in Rangiora's town centre will be closed from 2.30pm until 10pm. Details of the closures can be viewed here.