Christmas Festival 2017
The Christmas Festival 2017 opens this year on Saturday 2nd December at 4 pm with the Twilight Market. Thereon, the Christmas Festival Shop is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm, selling a wide range of gifts and decorations which include: Wreaths, Christmas decorations, table runners and centres, nativity sets, and the Vicarage crabapple jelly!
Many items are locally and lovingly made throughout the year by a dedicated team of people who meet at St Stephens every Thursday morning.
Light refreshments like tea, coffee, juice, shortbread and Christmas cake are available at the shop.
You are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy it on our beautiful grounds surrounding the hall and church.
From December 11th to 15th we have carol singing daily at 10:30am in the church across the lawn from the hall. Carols are sung by local schools and choirs, with services lasting about 30 minutes. On both Fridays (8th and 15th) there is also an afternoon service at 1.30 with a flute, respectively a recorder ensemble.
The Festival concludes on Sunday, 17th December.
Christmas Festivals have been held at St Stephens since 1986 with the aim of presenting the Bethlehem Story and raising funds for various charities. Last year $13,000 was raised which was distributed to the Red Cross, Hospice Waikato, Alzheimer Charitable Trust,Blind Foundation and St Stephen's Church.