Christmas markets originated in Germany but they have now spread all over the world, including New Zealand. These festive markets, adorned with twinkling lights and decorated stalls, offer a magical atmosphere where the spirit of Christmas comes alive. Real Living villages adopted this tradition a few years ago and every year the markets keep growing with more stalls and an increase in visitors.
At Pakuranga Park the residents gather at the beginning of December for a very successful market that includes homemade Christmas cakes, holiday cards, knitted garments, toys and handcrafted candles. It’s a great opportunity to find unique Christmas gifts at affordable prices, with the added satisfaction of knowing they originate from a local source or even a neighbour.
One of the most popular stalls at Pakuranga Park’s market is always Grandma Jenkins Fruit Cakes, with owner Pauline baking delicious Christmas cakes using her grandmother’s special recipe. Residents have the opportunity to try the cake before purchasing it and Pauline also offers gluten-free cakes.
The market also has lots of stalls for Real Living’s residents who would like to sell their handcrafted gifts and homemade cards. Over the past weeks, some have dedicated all their free time to knitting garments or fashioning unique presents, tailored for both children and those young at heart.
Pakuranga Park’s Christmas market is not only a great opportunity to check off items from the shopping list but also the perfect chance to socialize with family and friends. With its lovely Christmas decorations and festive lights, the market fosters a sense of togetherness and allows residents to share in the joy of giving.