Christmas Time

Where: Highwic, 40 Gillies Avenue, Epsom, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: caffie

The other day I walked down to my local shops and saw the Christmas decorations in the windows, I thought of the children who lived in the early days of Auckland, in the mid 19th century. I wonder did they even think of Christmas so far ahead? They probably did as there were many preparations to be made for the 'Seasons' social gatherings. The balls, the parties, the musical evenings and the family gatherings, as well as the present making which often took months rather than weeks.

This year for our Christmas series of Victorian entertainment, we are looking back on those times at the lovely heritage home named Highwic in Epsom, which was built by Alfred Buckland in 1862 for his large family which eventually numbered 22 children.

We'd like to invite you, your family and your friends, to take time from your Christmas rush and join us in some now almost forgotten Victorian fun and hospitality.

Arrive a little early, enjoy the live string music as you look around this beautiful home, enjoy a glass of wine or juice, or wander around the Highwic special little Christmas shop, where you can purchase a last minute little gift if you wish, before taking your seat in the ballroom.

Here in this perfect Victorian setting Cathie Harrop will be joined by award winning actress Ilona Rodgers, Pianist Hadley Ronayne, Cellist Jennie Khan, Dave Khan with his fiddle and mandolin and a variety of special guests each night.

They will tell you the stories of the children who lived in this elegant house, and those of other early Auckland residents. They will play and sing their music and share with you that special humour and nostalgia that got our early settlers through their first New Zealand Christmases so far from their homes.

After the performance you will be invited to join the beautifully costumed performers for a Victorian style supper in Mr. Alfred Buckland's billiard room. Seats in the ballroom are allocated when tickets for Christmas time at Highwic are booked, so please contact cathieharrop.com or phone 09 4792361 and we will be happy to tell you the various ways you can book your seats.

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