It's the penultimate Sunday before Christmas.
That's right: one more Sunday (which is in fact Christmas Eve), and then Christmas is upon us.
Already around the world, celebrations have begun. On December 6, Romanians kicked off the holiday season by celebrating St. Nicholas, who visits in the middle of the night to leave presents in the freshly-polished boots of good children (and sticks in the shoes of naughty children).
Here in New Zealand, we'll be the first country in the world to celebrate Christmas Day. With eight days to go, no doubt many of you will be thinking about last minute shopping. It's going to be another hot day (with the odd shower), with a high of 23 degrees and a low of 18, so maybe some shopping mall air conditioning is right up your alley.
For those who want to get out and about, there's Street Prints Mauao, brought to you by TECT and Powerco. It's described as ‘a community led project and initiative to inspire and uplift our rangatahi and people of Tauranga'.
With a core focus on community, youth engagement, creativity and beautifying our surroundings and with the help of 18 artists from around the globe including Spain, Ireland, Canada, New York and Australia, Street Prints Mauao is one of New Zealand's leading Street Art Festivals. The artists will be adding more murals to walls in downtown Mount Maunganui. For more info, visit http://streetprints.org.
This evening the Scholars Pro Musica, Tauranga's premier chamber choir, will be singing carols at a free event at St Peter's Anglican Church, 11 Victoria Road, Mount Maunganui. Come and listen to and sing your favourite Christmas carols.
For more of what's on, check out the listings below:
WHAT'S ON – Sunday, December 17:
Oldtime Musicmakers at Welcome Bay Hall 3rd Sunday every month 1-4pm. All welcome. $3 entry & Ladies a plate please. Ph Ces 544 3849
Art on the Strand
Art for Sale - weather permitting 9am-4pm Tauranga Society of Artists Inc.
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
Christmas Lessons and Carols
7pm at St. Peter's Anglican Church, Mt. Maunganui with the Scholars Pro Musica. Listen to Christmas music & sing your favourite Carols!
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org A Bethlehem Te Puna Lions Club Project.
On Sunday 17th December 7am start at Maketu Village Green.
3rd & 5th Sundays 7am-12pm at Maketu Village Green. Ph Pat 533 2687 or Fennis 0274 282 862
Messy Church Christmas
Looking for something creative, messy, stories, prayer, games, all ages? 4-6pm at 53 Te Okuroa Dr Papamoa Dinner provided. Koha appreciated. Julie 0274 205 375 http://www.communityofstaidan.com/
Nine Lessons & Carols
Nine Lessons Carols at St. Peter's Anglican Church, 11 Victoria Rd, Mt. Maunganui - free event - collection - Scholars Pro Musica.
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 Xmas Market
'Boutique' market with fabulous cafe featuring local Chef. Great selection of stalls, perfect last minute gifts! Oropi Memorial Hall, 1295 Oropi Road 9am-1pm.
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.
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
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.
Stunning Christmas Carol Service
Join the Scholars Pro Musica chamber choir for a traditional Nine Lessons and Carols service. Sun 17 Dec, 7pm, St Peter's Church, Mount Maunganui. FREE.
Taize at St. Georges
You are invited to Christmas Taize using the music from the Taize Community in France. 7pm @ St. Georges Anglican Church. http://www.stgeorgesgatepa.org.nz
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
TePuke Country Music Club
Sunday at 1pm at Te Puke Citizens & RSA Club. Merry Christmas to all! PhGayle 573 8255