Gather some friends for a magical Christmas Weekend in the Wairarapa Countryside, 5-6 November. Inside each of us is a little memory of the magic of Christmas.

Following the runaway success of our inaugural Country Christmas Tour and Fete launched in 2014, we are delighted to be bringing you Country Christmas 2016 in the southern Wairarapa towns of Greytown Featherston and Martinborough.

For two days over the 5th and 6th of November, venues will be open from 9.30am to 5pm daily to enable the tour to be completed in a day, or stay the weekend and enjoy a true Wairarapa experience.

Team up with friends and family for our self-drive tour of 15 spellbinding venues carefully chosen in a variety of styles and designs, from a modern architecturally designed home on a hill overlooking a lake and private golf course to an early settler’s cottage, and everything in-between! If you were part of our 2014 tour you will remember the beauty of the Barn – this time, you will be treated to the surprise of The Shearing Shed!

The homeowners and decorators are showcasing a variety of stunning designs and decorations in Christmas themes to inspire and delight tour goers. While taking photos at venues is not allowed, don’t despair - Hospice Wairarapa will produce a coffee table book afterwards of images from both the 2014 and 2016 Tours.

The Country Christmas Fete will again be a highlight with exceptional quality goods on sale from around the lower North Island. Stall holders have been carefully selected for their high-end gifts to small stocking fillers; from art to artisan creations, lavender to limoncello, flowers to fashion, skin care to salt, pearls to prints, china to crafts, cushions, jewelery, plants, chocolates and much more. There is something for everyone. The Fete will be located at the Greytown Town Hall both days, and across the road at The Hub, offering the opportunity to complete all of your present buying in a relaxed way over the weekend.

The Country Christmas Tour is a highlight on the Wairarapa summer calendar. It is also an important biennial fundraiser for Hospice Wairarapa to ensure patient and family services can be delivered free of charge to all who seek Hospice support now and in the future. Hospice General Manager Suzie Adamson says “Without the generosity and trust of our incredible homeowners, and the passion, skills and generosity of the decorating teams and volunteers who support this fundraiser, we simply couldn’t make this vision the huge success it has become. It enables us to continue to provide free palliative care in ways that are important to our patients and families no matter what their circumstances or terminal illness. ”

So gather a group together and give yourselves a much deserved break away in beautiful Wairarapa. Order your strictly limited early bird Tour and Fete tickets, via our event website.

For more information visit www.countrychristmas.co.nz