Santa returns to Minus 5

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Posted 4 December, 2023
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Future Bars’ Minus 5° Ice Bar will host Santa for their 12th annual fundraiser this weekend. The event raises money for Wakatipu Plunket by taking donations for a photo with Santa surrounded by his natural frozen environment.

Since the first event, approximately $25,000 has been raised. This year, in addition to the photos, there will be face painting at Steamer Wharf for a gold coin, with these funds also going to Plunket. You will have the choice of taking your own snaps or letting the friendly team take a picture.

Future Bars Kristel Maroszek loves helping to organise the event each year and is looking forward to the weekend. “Plunket have a great lot of volunteers that have pretty much been doing this for the last decade or more and it’s just something to bring out all the families,” she says. “A lot of people in the community have been coming to it every year to get that fun photo in the Ice Bar with Santa and just add it to their collection.”

The bar will be closed while Santa’s there, only open to those getting photos. Donations of $5 per child or $10 per family will be collected on the day with 100% of the proceeds going to Plunket. There’s also a colouring in competition – there will be a table set up outside the bar so children can complete their entries.

“We’ve all got kids of our own here so it’s really important that families are looked after. We love being part of this and Plunket have been great to work with. We love seeing kids getting stoked on it, and it’s a really unique way to see Santa, especially here in the warmer climate,” Kristel says.

Pop down to Minus 5° on Saturday, 9 December, or Sunday 10, between 10am and 2pm to meet Santa in the icy environment and to support a great cause.


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