What’s On? Papamoa Santa Parade

Have you been naughty or nice? Santa watches you while you sleep, and knows all. File photo.

Well, it's the last Sunday of the November. That's 11 months down, one to go.

With less than a month until Christmas, the festive season is about to get into full swing.

First up, today's weather: the high is for 21 degrees, while the low is 15, suggesting a warm day. However, don't expect the sun to make much of an appearance, with cloud forecast during the day and the chance of some drizzle at night.

You'll still be able to get out and about though, and maybe check out the first Christmas parade of the year. That's the Papamoa Santa Parade, which will make its way along Dickson Road to the Papamoa Plaza from 12pm.

The float competition will be judged by Papamoa councillors Steve Morris and Leanne Brown and Santa Claus will make an appearance in a red convertible.

The Christmas festivities will continue after the parade outside the Papamoa Beach Tavern with a bouncy castle, petting zoo, face painting and pony rides for the children, and Little Big Markets will be on site with food stalls.

For those who aren't fans of the big man in red, there's still non-Christmas activities to do. Check them out below:

WHAT'S ON – Sunday, November 26:

Advent Procession

Advent Procession Sunday 26 November 7pm St. Peter's Anglican Church, 11 Victoria Rd. Mt. Maunganui free event - collection

Art & Artisan Fair

11am-3pm Black Sheep Bar & Grill Whakamarama. Local creatives quality original art and artisan product. Ongoing 2018 last Sunday of each month.

Art on the Strand

Original Art for Sale 9am-4pm (if weather fine) Many artists showcasing & selling their art. Tauranga Society of Artists Inc.

Athenree Homestead Vintage Christmas

Fair & Market. Stalls, games, carols, brass band. House open, hot & cold food in Station. Only $3, under 12 free. 360 Athenree Road. www.athenreehomestead.org.nz

Bay Networking Singles Club

Social activities 55 +. Dining, BBQ's, outings etc. Facebook us on Bay networking Singles Social Group or phone Mary-Anne 0272071690 0r Jonathan 07 5722091

Bible seminars

Sunday 1:45pm Greerton Senior Citizen's Hall, Maitland St, Greerton. Title: “The Bible's teaching on gambling” Interactive, Q&A. All welcome. Vic 543 0504

BOP Beekeepers

Meet today at 2pm at 2 Tebbutt Access,Tauriko. Gold coin donation & plate to share for afternoon tea. Ph Gordon 027 544 2882

Computer Club (TGA) Inc.

Meets at Arts & Crafts Centre, Elizabeth St. West, on last Sun of the month, from 9:30am until 12:30pm. More info Ph 571 4941

Computer Help for Individuals

Need help to use your computer, iPad, tablet, eReader, phone or other device. Contact the Library to book a lesson with one of our tutors. Phone 577 7177

Corkers Toastmasters

Building communication & leadership 3rd Sunday of Month. Upstairs Zone Cafe, Owens Place, Mount Maunganui. 2-3:30pm. Chrissy 027 296 7939


At Tauranga Domain, Cameron Rd, Sun, Tues, Fri, 12:45pm. Beginners welcome. Peter 571 0633

Farmers Market - Mount Mainstreet

Held every Sunday 9-1pm rain or shine! Right in the middle of Mount Mainstreet at Phoenix Car Park, Maunganui Rd. www.mountmainstreet.nz

Historic Village Market

Every 1st & 3rd Sunday monthly 8-12noon. Wet or fine. Inquiries: hvm@lionsclubs.org.nz A Bethlehem Te Puna Lions Club Project.

Introduction to Buddhism classes

Join us for a ten week course based on the DVD "Discovering Buddhism". Facility donation/Koha of $5 gratefully received. Email buddhismbop@gmail.com for details

Maketu Market

3rd & 5th Sundays 7am-12pm at Maketu Village Green. Ph Pat 533 2687 or Fennis 0274 282 862

NZDA BOP Range Day

NZDA BOP branch run public open days last Sunday each month at their 300m range in TECT All Terrain Park. 9am-3pm $20 bring firearms licence.

Oropi Sunday Market

9am-1pm. Market featuring local Chef, good variety of Arts/Crafts showcasing talented artists & crafters, fresh produce & other goodies! Oropi Memorial Hall, 1295 Oropi Road

Papamoa Country Music Club

Our last meeting this year will happen this Sunday. Come along & enjoy music starting at 1pm. If needed contact Mike 0274 597 505

Papamoa Outdoor Bowls

All welcome to our Roll Up's. Sun & Wed. Register at 12:30, commences 1pm. Come & experience OUTDOOR BOWLS Gordon Spratt Reserve. Ph 574 0177 anytime.

Quakers in Tauranga

Meet in hall behind Brain Watkins House, cnr Elizabeth/Cameron Rd at 10am. All welcome for hour of mainly silent worship followed by tea/coffee & friendly chat. Ph 543 3101 www.quaker.org.nz

Radio Controlled Model Yachts

Sundays 1:30pm & Thursdays 5:30pm, in pond behind 24 Montego Drive Papamoa, sailing Electron Yachts for fun. Adult beginners welcome. Graham 572 5419

Russian Rendevous (Orchestra)

BOP Symphonia & Taranaki Symphony Orchestra. Today at 2pm. Addison Theatre, Baycourt Tauranga. More info see www.baycourt.co.nz

Russian Rendezvous, Baycourt 2pm

Bay of Plenty Symphonia meets Taranaki Symphony Orchestra in a concert of Russian masterpieces. Featuring Flavio Villani in Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto & Rachmaninov's 2nd Symphony.

Sequence Dance

New Years Eve, Sunday December 31. Greerton Hall, Cameron Rd, 8pm till midnight. Entrance $8pp. Supper provided. Excellent programme and music. Prizes, raffles. Goodbye 2017, welcome 2018.

Tauranga Rotary Easter Booksale

Please donate books, records, Cds, Dvds, Jigsaws & Sheet music for next Rotary Charity Book sale. Ph Anne 543 5350 or Ross 544 0817

White Ribbon Morning Tea

Cherrywood Community White Ribbon Morning Tea at St Columba Presbyterian Church from 10:30am, planting of white ribbon stakes with family violence guest speakers from 9:30am


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