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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


Children’s Christmas Service with Animals

23 December // 3 – 3:45pm
Cardboard Cathedral, Latimer Square

The Annual children’s Christmas service at the Transitional Cathedral. The story of Christmas told with the help of live animals. Fun for all ages, but especially for the kids! Official website: www.christchurchcathedral.co.nz


YMCA Carols By Candlelight

24th December // 9-10pm
Latimer Square

Carols by Candlelight is a unique event that encourages people to get together and celebrate family and Christmas– it brings together families, friends, tourists and cultures. Carols by Candlelight is a magical celebration of family, of Christmas and of community spirit, encompassing traditional Christmas carols and some favourites for the children and young at heart! Official Website: www.ymcachch.org.nz


A Variety of Christmas Eve & Day Services

24th & 25th December

Look around at your local church for service times! If you want suggestions, feel free to to share them then in the comments below or email me and I’m happy to suggest….


Caroline Bay Carnival

26 December – 12th January // 10am
Caroline Bay

This summer the Carnival is celebrating being 103 years old. A full programme of activities and entertainment is planned.The amazing midnight New Years Eve fireworks display is a must to see and a excellent night of family entertainment. Official Website (and calendar): www.carolinebay.org.nz