Well, we made it. It's Christmas Eve, 2017.
Hopefully your Christmas shopping is all done, and you're getting ready for a festive season with loved ones.
Our December of fine, hot weather seems to have come to an end, just in time for the holidays. The high today is 22 degrees, with a low of 16. Cloud and showers are expected to start, before clearing later on the afternoon, according to the MetService.
As you might expect, Christmas Eve events are fairly limited. For those looking for something to do, there is still The Weekend Sun Christmas Lights Drive, which will take you on a tour of the best-decorated houses in Tauranga and the surrounding district. There's plenty to see in Welcome Bay and Papamoa, including one of this year's winners.
Elsewhere, we have the usual Christmas Eve church services, if you'd like to engage with the Christian aspects of the holiday. Check out the full listing below.
Otherwise, have a great day tomorrow, on what is surely the climax of the year. Merry Christmas to all, and be sure to tell those you love how much you do care.
WHAT'S ON – Sunday, December 24:
Evans Road Community Church, Papamoa
Christmas Eve 6:30pm to 7:30pm - Christmas Carol Services
Christmas Day 9am to 10am - A carol service for all ages with drinks & mince pies afterwards.
City Church, 252 Otumoetai Rd, Tauranga
24th Dec O Holy Night at 9:30am
Carol Service 6pm
Lifezone Church, 7 Oak Lane, Judea
Sunday 24th Dec 9am – Lifezone Christmas
Holy Trinity Anglican Church, cnr 3rd Avenue & Devonport Rd, Tauranga
Hope of the World www.holytrinitytauranga.com
8am – Traditional Service
10am – No Service
5pm – Children's Service
10:30pm Christmas Cake
10:45pm Carols & Service
8am – Traditional
10am – Families
9:30am – Family Service
7pm – Children's Service
11pm – Carols
11:30pm Midnight Communion Service
9am – Family Eucharist
St John's Anglican Church, 94 Bureta Road, Otumoetai
8:00am – Holy Communion
10:00am – Eucharist
5:00pm – All Age Service with Christmas Play
11:15pm – Carols, followed by…
11:30pm – First Eucharist of Christmas
8:00am – Holy Communion & Carols
10:00am – Family Christmas Eucharist
The Salvation Army, 51 Fifth Avenue, Tauranga
10:30am – Family Worship
6:30pm – Christmas Eve Carol Service
9:30am – Christmas Day Service
Parish of Saint Thomas Aquinas
5pm – St Mary Immaculate
6pm St Therese Bethlehem
7pm St Mary Immaculate
10pm St Mary Immaculate (9:30pm carols)
12am St Joseph's, Te Puna (Te Reo Maori)
9am – St Joseph's, Te Puna
9am St Mary Immaculate
Parish of All Saints By The Sea
Christmas Vigil Masses
6pm @ St Thomas More
6pm @ Maketu
9pm @ St Thomas More
9am @ ST Patrick's, Te Puke
9:30am @ St Thomas More
Lighthouse Church, 260 Welcome Bay Rd, Welcome Bay
Sun 24th @ 10am – All welcome
Mon 25th @ 10am – Christmas Day Service followed by morning tea.
St Andrews, Cnr Macville Rd & Dee St, Mt Maunganui
Sun 24th @ 9:30am – Family Service & 6:30pm Christmas Eve Service
Mon 25th @ 9am – Christmas Day Service
St Columba, 502 Otumoetai Rd, Tauranga
Sun 24th @ 9:30am Rev. Donald Hegan & 6:30pm Family Christmas Service
Mon 25th @ 9:30am – Family Service
Bethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffat Rd, Bethlehem
Sun 24th @ 9:30am Rev. Ian Pittendreigh.
No Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Service.
St James, Cnr Devon St & Pooles Rd, Greerton
Sun 24th @ 10am – Morning Worship
Mon 25th @ 9am – Christmas Day Service followed by morning tea.
St Peters in the city, Cnr Spring St & Cameron Road, Tauranga
10am – Contemporary Service
7pm – Christmas Eve Family Service
Christmas Day 9am – Christmas Day Service
5pm – Free Community Christmas
St Enochs, 134 16th Avenue, Tauranga.
Sun 24th @ 9:30am – Christmas Eve Family Celebration & 11:30pm Midnight Carol Service.
Mon 25th @ 9:30am – Christmas Day Family Service
Wesley Church, 100 13th Avenue, Tauranga
Christmas Eve – 24th
9:30am – Morning Worship
4pm – Fijian Language Service
8:15pm – 9:15pm – Carols on the Lawn
9:30am – Service for people of all ages
St Stephens Church, Brookfield Terrace, Otumoetai
9:30am – Morning Service
1pm – Tongan Language Worship
9:30am – Service for people of all ages
St James Union Church, Cnr Devon St & Pooles St, Greerton
9:30am – Carol Service
9am – Family Christmas Service
The Orchard Church, 20 MacLoughlin Drive, Te Puke
Christmas Eve 7pm – A Christmas Eve celebration
Bethlehem – 90 Bethlehem Road
Sunday Services: 9am, 10:45am & 6:30pm
Central – Cameron Road/13th Avenue, Tauranga
Christmas Eve –9:30am Combined Service in Church Auditorium
Christmas Day – 9:30am Upstairs service in The Upper Room
Matua – Matua Shopping Centre
Sunday Service – 10am at Church office, 1 Warrington St, Matua
Mount – Cnr Tui Street & Ranch Road
Sunday Services – 9am Prayer, 10am Worship Service
Otumoetai – 241 Otumoetai Rd, Tauranga
Sunday 24th – Interactive family service at 10am
Christmas Day – 9:30am
Papamoa – 188 Dickson Rd
Sunday Service @ 10am
South City – 196 Chadwick Rd, Greerton
Sunday Service @ 10am
Welcome Bay – Welcome Bay Community Hall or Community Centre
Sunday Service at 10am
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
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.
Papamoa Outdoor Bowls
All welcome to our Roll Up's. Sun & Wed. Register at 12:30, commences 1pm. Come & experience OUTDOOR BOWLS Geoge Spratt Reserve. Ph 574 0177 anytime.
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
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.
Sport BOP Bike Month
From group rides and bike maintenance to mountain biking, there's something for everyone in our Bike Month calendars. Plus prizes to be won! www.sportbop.co.nz/bike-month
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