Midnight Madness, the long-running annual promotion wherein Howick retailers keep open late into the night, has been canned.
The Howick Village Association’s supervisor Jane Newbury stated the HVA made the ‘difficult decision’ to not proceed with Midnight Madness 2020 following ‘in-depth discussions’ with police and outcomes from its latest event survey.
“This decision was made to alleviate the major issue of teenage anti-social behaviour and drunkenness, experienced at our events in 2018 and 2019,” Newbury stated.
Instead, HVA is creating a brand new Christmas event for a similar scheduled date of Friday November 20.
“This event will be established to return to our original concept as a festive shopping promotion, first and foremost, and a safe place for families and our community, to enjoy,” she stated.
“We will have a stage with entertainment, a children’s zone, Santa’s Grotto, food vendors, and of course, our iconic markets. The police will support our new time schedule and road closure from 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm.”
Picton Street and Moore Street will re-open to visitors from 9.30pm.