Christmas means many things to many people: spiritual thanksgiving, family, giving and receiving and living traditions.

In the midst of all of that, there is also Rathkeale Colleges superb Christmas Fete; an annual event not to be missed!

For almost 20 years the Friends of the College have organised, nurtured and grown the event and it now exists as a special and much loved precursor to Christmas. With the focus on fun and family, the Fete offers something for everyone. Live music and over seventy stalls amplify the Christmas theme and many shoppers come back year after year for their Christmas shopping, for the ambience of the occasion or perhaps just for a Devonshire Tea in the old rose garden under the Wairarapa summer sun.

For city people, a visit to Rathkeale, just north of Masterton, provides an opportunity to sample some of the best of country living. Glorious trees and gardens certainly enhance the Fete whilst fun activities and rides for the children guarantee squeals of delight. The Fete itself is a fundraiser for the College, and is currently focused on the creation of a new Eco/Fitness trail which circumnavigates the campus. A major component of this is the bush walk, with new boardwalks and paths leading you past some stunning ancient native trees, where you are most welcome to explore.

Regular stall holders attract regular patrons. Plants and garden accessories, art, wine, gourmet food, flowers, Christmas decorations, cakes, clothes, jewellery, and a host of other temptations are eagerly sought in the lead up to Christmas. It is shopping made easy and enjoyable!

During the day, raffles offer a chance to go home with much more than was bargained for.

Rathkeale’s Christmas Fete is one of those great Wairarapa events that is a must for your bucket list! Remember to post Saturday November 12th, 9.30am until 3.30pm, in your dairy and to make a day of it with your family and friends.