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Santa, Karena and Kasey

Shop Te Puke Marketing manager Rebecca Larsen checks out Santa’s Grotto ahead of Late Night Festival Night on December 22.

Shop Te Puke’s Late Night Shopping Festival is bringing Santa to town, alongside Karena and Kasey Bird.

The festival is on Tuesday, December 22, and Santa is getting in early, and staying late. “He’ll be in his grotto from 10am to noon from December 21-24,” says Shop Te Puke’s marketing manager Rebecca Larsen.

A photographer will be on-site to capture the little ones with the man in red, and people can get into the Christmas spirit by making donations for the Te Puke Foodbank under the tree.

“Santa will be joined by the elves for the Late Night Festival Night on December 22, plus we’ll have a pipe band, carol singers, the town crier, and two larger-than-life kiwifruit.”

Maketu favourites Karena and Kasey Bird will also be in attendance. The ever-popular MasterChef 2014 winners will be doing the main prize draws on festival night, at 5.30pm.

“We have a main prize of $1000 of Te Puke ‘Goodness Grows Here’ shopping vouchers, and two other prizes of $500 vouchers.”

Everyone who makes a purchase at participating shops between now and the festival can enter the draw, and there’s no minimum spend to enter. Vouchers can be redeemed at more than 40 local Te Puke businesses.

“It’ll be a great night of fun and Christmas spirit held in the Heritage Walkway,” says Rebecca.

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