Lights, sales, interaction as city gears up for Light Nelson Te Ramaroa!
Danielle van Dyk, aged 6, plays with fairy lights outside a Hardy St shop taking part in Light Nelson Te Ramaroa from Friday.
Retailers in Nelson are embracing a “winter wonderland” theme as the Light Nelson festival returns to the city.
The light festival, with its new name Te Ramaroa, will be running from July 9-13 with installations throughout the CBD.
This year retailers are also getting into the midwinter spirit, setting up their own fairy light installations and running a five-day sale for the duration of the festival. Love Your Lights is a very proud supporter and endorser of this event with 120 Nelson shops in the CBD featuring our lights in their window displays.
On the first day of the sale on Friday, shops will also be open for late-night shopping until 7.30pm.
Retailers are getting into the Light Nelson spirit with their own installations and sales.
Uniquely Nelson manager Simon Duffy said with the light festival back in town, it was a big weekend for Nelson.
“It's always similar at this time of the year, midwinter, when people tend to cosy up at home, but Nelson city is coming alive this July.”
Duffy said most of the shops along Bridge, Hardy and Trafalgar streets were getting into the winter wonderland theme – with the stores also running a competition for the “best-dressed” shop.
He said the lights weren’t just expected to be there for the five days of the festival, with stores encouraged to keep them up until August.
After being postponed in 2020, Te Ramaroa is back with more than 30 installations this year.
In a change from previous years, the festival will stretch across the city, including Queens Gardens, NMIT, Cathedral Hill, a Performance Precinct on Upper Trafalgar Street, through city lane ways, and a Food Hub in Kirby Lane.
Article courtesy of Nelson Mail and stuff.co.nz
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