Lots of Christmas cheer in Gordonton

Expect rustic wooden reindeer, cheery snowmen and much more at a Christmas-themed garden ramble around Gordonton next month.

It’s full-on busy at St Mary’s Anglican Church – they’re gearing up for the second-ever Christmas fundraiser – decorating the heritage church and organising a fair and garden ramble.

Christmas decorationsThe church was decorated and opened to the public for the first time last year. It is one of ten places that can be visited during the garden ramble, which takes in some of the local amazing gardens and homes in the area, says one of the organisers, Sally-Ann Riddell.

“St Mary’s want to offer people a very nice, relaxed day out in Gordonton. Your $20 ticket will allow you to visit five private gardens – one of which will have their private home open to view the Christmas decorations.”

Many of the gardens will feature Yuletide decorations – outside tables, fireplace mantles, and verandahs.

“One will open their private home so people can wander around and enjoy the inside decorations as well. There is free entry into St Mary’s decorated heritage church, Wairere Nursery and Woodlands Historic Homestead, which will also have all its Christmas decorations up and looking fantastic. We have four cafes and some great shops including Le French Quarter, The Mandarine Tree and The Farm Shop. All very close together.”

She said the date was chosen as it is the time of Advent – the four weeks before Christmas, which starts on November 29 and ends December 24. This coincides with the church fair and christmas decorated heritage church.

“St Mary’s is looking forward to seeing you on the Saturday 5 December, from 9am-2pm.”

Tickets $20 each (school age children free with a paying adult, but must be supervised at all times) Groups of 10 or more $15.

  • For more information phone 07 8243 850 or send an email here.  Tickets can also be purchased on the day. Efpos available.
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