‘A Magical Tale’ created at Hāwea’s Wonderland

Standing alongside nutcrackers specially made for the 2023 Hawea Christmas Wonderland at the Lake...
Standing alongside nutcrackers specially made for the 2023 Hawea Christmas Wonderland at the Lake Hawea Community Centre are (from left) Elizabeth Horrell and Barbara Mackenzie. PHOTO: REGAN HARRIS
For its fifth consecutive year, the Hāwea Christmas Wonderland returns with a display the organisers say is their most ambitious display yet.

Opening tomorrow, the Lake Hāwea Community Centre event will welcome people of all ages to "A Magical Tale", a walkable display that reimagines nursery rhymes and fairy tales, each with a Christmas twist.

Barbara Mackenzie and Elizabeth Horrell, the "head elves" behind the project, said they had spent over a week unpacking "boxes and boxes" of new and treasured items for the display, with a significant amount of volunteer help.

"The volunteers are fantastic," Mrs Horrell said.

"Without their help, we wouldn’t have gotten this far."

The reimagined tales featured in the display range from Humpty Dumpty and Old Mother Hubbard to Cinderella and even Elsa from Disney’s Frozen film series.

Santa Claus will also make a special appearance on weekends, taking residence at a new and improved grotto made especially for the occasion.

Mrs Horrell said there had already been an uptake in interest about this year’s display, and she hoped everyone felt welcome to partake in the spectacle.

"Just come and enjoy and hopefully be pleasantly surprised."

REGAN.HARRIS@alliedpress.co.nz

 

 

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