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The comprehensive programme of attractions for the Christmas season in Auckland this year should cater for all tastes, giving as it, does both visitors and residents a wide choice of amusements. In addition to sports and other fixtures, tho seaside resorts will no doubt prov» popular, and the beaches should tya wdllj patronised if the weather is favourable.

To-night will bo observed as a Tate night by most of the retail establishments. These will close' at noon or 1 p.m. tomorrow, and reopen on Wednesday morning. Legal, accountants', and land agent*' offices will close to-night and reopen on January 8. The Stock Exchange closes at noon to-day to reopen on January 8. Banks will observe December 25, 26, and 27 as their Christmas holidays, and January 1 and 2 for New Year holidays, while the Auckland Harbour Board's offices and wharves will be closed on December 25 and 26 and January 1 and 2, and open for the transaction of urgent business only on December 27 and January 3i The Municipal offices at the Town Hall will be closed from to-night until the morning of January 3, as will many of the wholesale warehouses. The offices of the principal fruit and produce firms will be closed on December 25, but a sale of fruit will be held on Boxing Day. The permits and passports office and the customs office will be closed on Christmas and Boxing Days. Tlie office of the registrar of births, deaths and marriages will close at 11.30 a.m. to-morrow and reopen on* Wednesday morning. The public library will be closed in all its departments and branches on Decejnber 25 and 26 and January 1 and 2, while the art gallery will b© closed on Christmas Day. Bakers will remain open both tonight and to-morrow night, and there will be ft delivery of bread to-morrow* morning and another on Wednesday. The principal outdoor attractions are the meetings of the Auckland Racing and Auckland Trotting Clubs. The former will hold races at Ellerslie on December 26 and 28 and January 1 and 2, and the latter at Epsom on December 27, 29, and 30. The Auckland Bowling Centre's an nual Christmas tournament commences on Boxing Day. Other attractions include the Waitemata. Swimming Club's carnival at the Hobson Street baths, and the Ponsonbv Swimming Club's carnival at the Shelley Beach baths, both on Christmas Day. Tho Northern Steamship Company advertise special week-end excursions and trips for Boxing Day.

RAILWAY SERVICES. TRAINS ON CHRISTMAS DAY. A special railway service has been arranged for the Christmas holidays. Extra suburban trains will he run tonight and to-morrow night, and. in addition, there will be 11 train for Mercer and one for Helensville to-morrow evening. On Christmas Day only a limited service will be run. On the Kaipara line the usual express will run to Huarau at 8.25 a.m., and will be followed by a train to Helensville at 9 a.m. The last train for Henderson will leave at 9.313 p.m. On the main .south line the usual Wellington, Rotorua, and Thames expresses will run' and there will bo a train to Mercer at 10.15 a.m. The usual Waikato train at 4 p.m. will stop at stations between Newmarket and Papakurn., rnd there will be a limited suburban service on the Onehunga and Papakura lines, the last train leaving at 9.45 p.m. There will be one express from Wellington, arriving at 2.55 p.m. A limited service will be run on the Thames, Rotorua, and Cambridge lines °

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CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL., New Zealand Herald, Volume LIX, Issue 18280, 22 December 1922

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CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL. New Zealand Herald, Volume LIX, Issue 18280, 22 December 1922

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