Video: Pixie Town delights young and old

The little people have been lining up to see the little people.

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum was besieged by tiny tots at the opening of Pixie Town yesterday.

''We've already had tribes of kids in,'' Toitu visitor experience manager Kirsten Glengarry said yesterday.

''We had two kindergartens waiting in line when it opened at 10am.''

Wallace Russell and Amber Russell-Egan (2), of Dunedin, visit Pixie Town at Toitu Otago Settlers...
Wallace Russell and Amber Russell-Egan (2), of Dunedin, visit Pixie Town at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
The annual display features many traditional Pixie Town favourites, including the army barracks, fire rescue scene, orchestra and playground.

''We're lucky that we've got a very skilled group of people who know the pixies well and help set them up for us every year,'' Mrs Glengarry said.

The wooden models were made by Nelson carver Fred Jones between 1930 and 1950, and toured New Zealand department stores until the 1970s, when they were bought by Dunedin department store DIC. The models were donated to Toitu when DIC closed in 1991.

''I think Pixie Town is probably as much for the parents as the kids. There's a lot of nostalgia in it for a lot of Dunedin people.''

Toitu will also host Santa Claus before Christmas and will have a decoration-making zone in the New Zealand Railway foyer.

''There's also a chill-out zone for the parents,'' Mrs Glengarry said.

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