The annual Mangawhai Bows and Bells ‘inspiration for Christmas tour’ has delighted viewers, with the decorated homes and buildings on show raising $7,500.
Organiser Gaylene Lawrence said the tour, which was held over two days and seven buildings, went well with many of the decorations “greatly admired. Returning the old Tara Road School and church in the Pioneer Village to their former glory was wonderful and there were lots of favourable comments.”
Christmas themes throughout the various locations included a ‘forest of Christmas trees’ to a ‘tropical Christmas’, which used a pineapple at the top of the tree instead of the traditional star.
During the tour the Mangawhai Museum also featured three Christmas trees in the shape of ball gowns, which were curated from chicken wire frames and extensively decorated for the event.
“We had a fun weekend and raised a bit over $7,500 so are very pleased with that.”