Christmas in the north . . . Organisers Zelie Allan (left) and Raelene Guthrie are looking forward to tomorrow's North End Christmas in the Park. PHOTO: ASHLEY SMYTH

Free Christmas fun in Oamaru’s North End is a way for business owners to thank the community for its support, Raelene Guthrie says.

Mrs Guthrie is one of the organisers of the North End Christmas in the Park, which is being held at Roberts Park, after Oamaru’s Christmas parade tomorrow.

Santa will make an appearance, and there will also be gifts for under-10s, free face painting, and a sausage sizzle. Balloons and outdoor games were all part of the fun too, she said. A talent quest would be judged by Krissie McGeown, of the Heavy Feathers. There would also be a baby show, and a dress-up competition for those with fur babies.

This is the second year the event has run.

“We hope to grow on it each year,” Mrs Guthrie said.

Funding for the event came from donations from the North End businesses.

It was also backed by the Waitaki District Council.

“It’s a thank you from the North End businesses for people shopping locally,” she said.

A Christmas tree in the park has been decorated with lights donated by Laser Electrical, which were put in place by Network Waitaki linesmen, who also donated their time and equipment.Nike footwearNIKE AIR HUARACHE