Light House Cuba

There's a Light House experience in the City

Happy end of Movember (yay, no more gross facial hair, but also yay, fundraising for a great cause!) and welcome to December!

I hope everyone has their Christmas gifts sorted - mostly because I don't, so please keep out of my way on the street.

Indeed, the slow walkers were out in force last week for some big event on Courtenay Place. Whether you've got Hobbit fever or Hobbit fatigue, I've got a big-screen solution for you: the new Light House Cinema on Wigan Street (that's the street Havana is on).

I was delighted to visit the cinema, which has three theatres of varying sizes - perfect for hosting events - earlier this month, and can't wait to go back! It's great to have another cinema in central Wellington to complement The Embassy's semi-recent opening of new screens downstairs, the Paramount and, of course, Reading - but both Light House Cuba and the new Embassy screens offer films in a more intimate and homely setting than the popcorn-covered floors and mid-movie texters of *larger cinemas*.

Light House will be showing The Hobbit when it opens to the public on December 13, and has a great mix of mainstream and arthouse/festival films - from Skyfall and Twilight to Diana Vreeland and Searching for Sugar Man and even live theatre!

Tickets to the cinema are a great gift idea for central city dwellers, but they also have cinemas in Petone and Pauatahanui (Paekakariki) for those further out.

Another fabulous gift idea (and one I'm planning to buy for a few people) is Urban Harvest's lovely hampers and catering kits - which can include fresh produce, cheese, spreads, bread, sweet treats and much more. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.

If you haven't already checked out Urban Harvest - which packs and delivers the freshest local food (including meat, drinks, dairy, produce, breads and more), along with a range of other products, to your doorstep - you can find them online ( or on Hania Street in Mt Vic.

Urban Harvest's website also includes a heap of great recipe ideas - perfect for the festive season or any other time.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got Christmas shopping to do.

As Wotzon's Uptown Girl, Laura McQuillan is in the know about Wellington's hottest events and venues. By day a political reporter, she's also beauty editor for local magazine FishHead and a well-recognised person about town. Laura loves discovering new stores and cafes, babe-spotting on the streets of Wellington, and all things sparkly.
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