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New Zealand: Christmas Photos and Video

The New Zealand Christmas Tree

New Zealand celebrates Christmas on the same day as the U.S. does, but I also heard that Boxing Day was a bit of a bigger deal. Either way, it’s the summer time when Santa comes around, and Jolly Old St. Nicholas is still wearing a heavy red coat. The decorations were up in November when we arrived though not all of the trees had been completely decorated. Here are some photos from the Christmas side of New Zealand.

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New Zealand: To See Queen Street You Have to Move Beyond the Sidewalk

New Zealand Take the Auckland Explorer Bus to Get Acquainted

If all you do in Auckland is walk down the sidewalks of Queen Street, not only are you not seeing all of Auckland, you’re also not seeing all of Queen Street. What you will see is plenty of construction as the city tries to improve the harbor area. There are dozens of shops available to rent. There are lines of people who are waiting to get into internationally famous, upscale (read: exorbitantly overpriced) stores that apparently provide a personal salesperson for every shopper.

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Speakers' Club, Dec. 2019: Twas the Night Before Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers:

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Salem Holiday Market 2019 Preview The Short Straw (JD-2)

glass straws

The Salem Holiday Market 2019 is so large it fills two buildings and features over 250 vendors! We thought we would highlight some of the great items available. Shannon Biamonte of The Short Straw took some time away from her market preparations to answer some of our questions:

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Salem Holiday Market 2019: Free Calendar and Friday’s Event

Jenya and penguins at the Salem Holiday Market 2018

On Friday, December 13 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, the 2019 Salem Holiday Market is partnering with Chemeketa Community College Foundation. Entry into the market will be $8 per person or $15 for a couple; the proceeds will benefit the Chemeketa Student Relief Fund, which provides students with help for a variety of needs including meal passes and textbooks. It also supports the Chemeketa Food Pantry, which allows students to focus on studying rather than figuring out where their next meals are coming from.

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Salem Holiday Market 2019 Preview: Bliss Nut Butters (JD3) and SJL Woodworking (J15)

Bliss Nut Butters Line up

Salem Holiday Market 2019 has over 250 vendors this year, so we thought we would highlight some of them. If you plan your gift buying early, you’ll know how much you need to budget and what to look for when you arrive.

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Salem Holiday Market 2019 Preview: Santiam Soap Co. (J-D17)

Santiam Soap Co

The Salem Holiday Market 2019 will feature 250 vendors in two different buildings! There are door prizes to be given away, carols to be sung, and Santa might even make an appearance! Maybe, he’ll give his elves a break and pick up some amazing handmade items! Even if Santa isn’t delivering to your house, you can still get gifts from some amazing local talents and businesses. Jessy and Vinnie Rolfness od Santiam Soap Co. took time out of the holiday preparations to answer some of our questions about their participation in the market.

How many years have you been attending the Salem Holiday Market? This will be our second year as vendors at the Salem Holiday Market, but we have been in attendance for many years as shoppers!

What are you bringing to 2019’s Market? We will have both our hand-crafted artisan soap (including our holiday collection!) and highly scented soy wax melts. 

What’s new at your booth? We have an exciting new line of soy wax melts as well as a new design of our infamous Unicorn Breath soap!

What’s your favorite thing about Salem Holiday Market? We love the environment of the Salem Holiday Market. Walking down the red carpet with the live music playing and Christmas wreaths above. It really gets us in the holiday spirit!

What’s the best advice you have for people coming to the Salem Holiday Market? Take your time when you’re browsing and do a full walk through before purchasing anything! It is inevitable that you’ll miss a few booths when you’re wandering through and, who knows, that could be the one with the perfect gift! 

What is your website address? www.santiamsoap.com

Penguinate.com will be at the market as well (J13). Make sure you get your discount coupon for entry and drop by to see us.