Most of the public Christmas events, parties and school functions are done with, by Dec 15th. After which people set out for their personal or family vacations, celebrations and escapes!
The Kiwis take their annual summer holidays very seriously. Holiday homes, villas and beach rentals are booked out well ahead in time (we found that out while looking for our December retreat). Home leases and employee contracts are signed up till Jan 15th and not Dec 31st, so that nobody in inconvenienced to look for new tenants or employees in the middle of their vacation.
The Wellington City's annual Christmas parade was last weekend. It was all that you expect from a parade and more. Here are glimpses from the parade and the party that followed.
|It was a riot of colours!|
|The white ice queen|
|Summer sun = Fedoras and Hats!|
|The end of the parade|
|The party begins!|
|Darth Vader and his li'l fan!|
|Li'l girls in oh-so-cute-tiaras|
|Hospi (from Wellington Children Hospital) giving out free hugs|
|Crowds colourful and happy|
|The party goes on until evening and late night|
|The lights on the huge electric Christmas tree are turned on|
|Little sparkles of joy - my favourite pic of this lot|
|So much colour! Another facet of the previous pic|
|Listening to carols in candle light err saber light!|
Happy Holiday season!! Just 10 more sleeps until Christmas eve :)
This post is part of the Marathon Blogging December 2012.