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Fab five: Kids Arty Party

Weave Cultural Market

New Zealand Red Cross is holding the 2018 Weave Market on Friday from 4pm in Garden Place. This international food and craft market celebrates and promotes the ethnic diversity of Hamilton and our refugee background communities. It’s a fun family event including delicious traditional ethnic food, beautiful handcrafts, a wide range of cultural performances and plenty of other entertainment including henna work and face painting.

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Carols on the river

Once you’ve been to the Weave market, head across the road to Victoria on the River from 6pm and enjoy some festive cheer. The Riverbank Lane is hosting Carols on the River which features local musicians playing all your favourite Christmas carols and there will also be a range of food trucks if you’re feeling peckish.

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Kids Arty Party

The Kids’ Arty Party will be happening in Garden Place on Saturday 8 December from 9.30am to noon. This free event has been organised by the Hamilton City Council’s Community Development Unit and the Hamilton City Libraries team. Children will have the chance to enjoy a bouncy castle, kids’ talent contest, the classic pavement game hopscotch, food, facepainting and a toy trade fair. If there’s poor weather of the day, some aspects of the event will be cancelled but it will continue in the ground floor of the Central Library.

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First Credit Union Christmas Parade

The annual First Credit Union Christmas Parade is back again for 2018 and this year there will be more than 80 festive floats parading down Angelsea St on Sunday 9 December. The parade starts at 2pm and will leave from the corner of Rostrevor and Anglesea Streets, travels down Anglesea Street, and ends at the corner of Anglesea and Knox Streets. This Christmas must-do experience so head on down and celebrate with your city.

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Lovegrove Lane Summer Markets

In the heart of Hamilton East, you’ll find a quaint little Lane that comes to life on Saturday morning. Lovegrove Lane will boast a bustling market with artisan and vintage homewares, craft, fashion, natural health and beauty products, delicious food, and live music.

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