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New Brighton Christmas Parade

14 Decmeber // 10am
New Brighton

The Annual New Brighton Christmas Parade is moving to the 2nd Saturday in December! Held in New Brighton since 2000 by the New Brighton Project, the Christmas Parade is a highlight of the events calendar in Eastern Christchurch! Come see Santa arrive on the beach and ride around New Brighton in his surf boat! Contact Phone: 03 3889920


Christmas Encraftment Market

14 – 15 December // 10am – 3pm
Cathedral Square

Come give Santa and his elves a run for their money at Christmas Encraftment. This is undoubtedly the best place to shop for all your last minute handmade Christmas prezzies! Over 70 craft stalls of handmade goodness! Food, coffee and sweet treats! Treat yourself or find wonderful gifts for those you love. Cash sales (some stalls will have eftpos). Closest ATM’s in ReStart. The City Mission Christmas Tree will be on display and will be accepting your generous gift donations. Gift wrapping available by donation. Parking available in the near by car parks, bare lots and on the street. Free entry! Official Website: https://www.facebook.com/Encraftment


ARISE Christmas Production “Lights, Camera, Christmas”

15 December // 9am, 11am & 5pm
Aurora Centre for the Performing Arts, Cnr Greers Rd and Memorial Ave, Burnside

This Christmas ARISE Church presents ‘Lights, Camera, Christmas’ – a spectacular theatrical production for all the family. Jake Lewis is an acclaimed film director who has somehow wound up working on a less-than-inspired movie staring Santa and a bunch of elves. Depressed and wanting to quit, Jake has to somehow find a way to turn this terrible movie into a masterpiece. With over 100 cast and crew of all ages, ‘Lights, Camera, Christmas’ will bring the joy, the fun and the true meaning of Christmas back into your festive season. ARISE Church


Carols at Riccarton Bush

15 December // 6:30pm
Riccarton Bush

A fun family event singing and listening to Christmas Carols while surrounded by native bush. Sunday 15 December at 6.30pm at Riccarton Bush, Christchurch. There is an interactive song and dressing up is encouraged. Come early and bring a picnic tea. Event hosted by Riccarton St James Church and accompanied by Addington Brass and the White Elephant Trust. (if wet the event will be held on Monday 16 December 2013 at 6.30pm). Contact Phone: 348 4368


The Nutcracker & Mr Scrooge

19-21 December
Middleton Grange School, 50 Acacia Avenue

Southern Ballet Theatre Presents: The 2013 Christmas Gala Season ‘The Nutcracker’ & ‘Mr Scrooge’. Two classical Christmas stories featuring our ballet, jazz and contemporary students. Two productions in one show! Bookings: Southern Ballet Theatre office. Email southernballet@xtra.co.nz phone (03) 379 7219Shows on 19th and 20th from 7-9:30pm. Saturday shows are 2pm and 6pm. General Admission: $29.00. Website details: www.southernballet.co.nz


Lincoln Christmas Twilight Market

19 Decmeber // 4 – 7pm
On Green beside Hillyers Cafe, Gerald St. Lincoln

Come and get in the festive mood at this very popular annual family event hosted by Lincoln Farmers’ and Craft Market. Perfect opportunity to buy that extra special unique handcrafted gift  from one of the many local craft stalls – jewellery, hand made clothing, pottery, aprons, bags, soaps, art and cards… Stock up on fresh local produce for over the holiday season – succulent  seasonal veg and fruit, hazelnut products, olive oil, pesto, gourmet sausages and pies, gluten free treats, and delicious pastries. Lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy including a Puppet Show by the every popular Natural Magic at 4.30 pm. Plus facepainting, children activities, a visit from Santa and fantastic live Christmas music throughout the event. Full details on www.facebook.com/lincolnmarket


Summer of Fun – Lincoln

21 Decmeber // 10:30am – 2:30pm
Lincoln Union Parish Church, 20 James Street, Lincoln

A variety of activities from bouncy castles to archery, face painting to balloon animals. The Summer of Fun events will be happening across Greater Christchurch throughout the summer. They are funded by the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust (CEAT).


Summer of Fun – Northwood

22 Decmeber // 3 – 6pm
Willowbank, 60 Hussey Road, Northwood

Pricing: Entry by free ticket only as numbers are limited to 500 – Ph St Silas Church 03 352 1366 or 03 352 6263


Christmas Big Day Out

22 December // 5-8pm
The Potters House, 10 Berwick Street

You are invited to our annual Christmas Big Day Out. A free event sponsored by The Potters House Christchurch. Activities include Jumping Castle, Popcorn and chocolate making, Face Painting, Christmas Dinner and drinks, The Potters House Choir. Website details: www.thepottershouse.co.nz