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The week ahead…


ASB Holiday Football

26th – 30th December // 9-3pm  // ASB Football Park, Cranford St

Join this action-packed holiday programme for kids aged 7 to 14 years. It’s a one or three day action packed holiday programme and a great way for young players to have fun and develop their football skills. The programme includes skill-based training to develop techniques and skills and a lot of fun football games to put those skills into practice. The ASB Holiday Football programme is designed to appeal to boys and girls from total beginners to committed young players. It’s part of New Zealand Football’s junior player development plan, so there’s the opportunity for talented and hard-working players to start the journey to excellence. $35 per child per day. Official Website: Click here

Cathedral Square Market

27 & 28th December // 10-4pm  // Cathedral Square

Cathedral Square Market is being rejuvenated in the square, as an ‘indie market’ including a carefully curated selection of handmade, vintage and ethical stalls presented by Canterbury’s local artisans. A celebration of Canterbury to be enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. Official Website: Click here


Caroline Bay Carnival

26th Dec – 11th Jan  // 10am  // Caroline Bay

This summer the Carnival is celebrating being 104 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. See website to view calendar.


Sculpture on the Point

28th Dec – 22 Feb //Godley House

A fantastic Sculpture Trail from the ferry wharf to the Godley site  – 7 prominent New Zealand artists including Graham Bennett, Hannah Kidd and Aaron Te Rangiao present installations on the point for the summer. View the sculptures as you make your way to the music for a Sunday Session or choose any day of the week to view. Catch the Black Cat Ferry from Lyttelton for a 10 minute cruise across beautiful Lyttelton Harbour, or enjoy the 35 minute scenic drive from Christchurch. Official Website: Click here


Summer of Fun – NYE 2014 Rechurch Community Party

31st December // 11-4pm  // Parklands Reserve

A family friendly community event to celebrate New Years Eve. Participants will enjoy live music, sausage sizzle, games, bouncy castles, trampolines, a climbing wall and face painting.


New Year’s Eve

31st December // 6.30pm – 12.30am  // North Hagley Park, beside Lake Victoria

The New Year’s Eve party at Hagley Park is the perfect way to greet 2015. For children, the party starts at 6.30pm with an outdoor cinema screening of the movie Cats and Dogs (PG, low level violence). The Johnny Possum Band will provide entertainment in the lead up to the Kids Early Midnight Countdown at 8.30pm. Bouncy castles, bubbles, lights and confetti cannons will add to the excitement. Bring along a picnic or get some food from one of the stalls and remember this party is alcohol free. At 9pm, country music band Remedy performs old classic and contemporary sounds. Their rocking, boot-scooting style is sure to get you dancing. D’sendantz make a return to the New Year’s Eve stage. As the minutes tick closer to midnight, The Black Velvet Band will inject even more energy. Count down to midnight and sing along with The Black Velvet Bandplaying Auld Lang Syne with fantastic fireworks filling the night sky and The Arch Wizard of Canterbury casting a spell for the New Year. The music continues until 12.30am. Take care driving home and may the New Year bring you happiness. Parking is available for $3 at Carlton Mill corner, entry off Harper Ave. Facebook Event: Click here


Ingham Lazy Sundays starts

4th January // 3 – 4:30pm  // Archery Lawn, Botanic Gardens

Ingham Lazy Sunday concerts kick off! A chance to wind down on a Sunday afternoon, spread out a picnic rug and enjoy some local performers. More info on the Summertimes website.


Ongoing events…


The Great Museum Santa Search

6th Dec – 18th Jan // 9am – 5pm  // Canterbury Museum

The Great Museum Santa Search is on once again. Every year our Santas hide somewhere new and they are well hidden so the little ones need to keep their eyes open. From 6 December 2014 to 18 January 2015 the hunt is on. Each Santa is different, with many of the figurines and models from the late Laurie King’s collection. Laurie was well known locally as “King Santa” a role which spanned some 56 years, with him bringing joy to many hospital patients, playcentres and other community charities, including 16 years in the Christchurch Santa Parade. To enter this competition, count the Santa’s you find, fill in an entry form and post it in the box provided in the Museum foyer. The first correct entry drawn after the closing date will win a great prize. Contact Info: 366 5000. Official Website: Click here.  


Summertime Reading Club

8th Dec – 23rd Jan  // Christchurch City Libraries

Complete a series of exciting digital, reading and creative challenges and then bring your completed adventure sheet into any Christchurch City Library between 19 December and 23 January 2015. You’ll receive sticker and badge rewards and be entered into the online draw for major prizes! Our prize giving party will be held on 31 January! Open to all Christchurch residents between 5-12 years inclusive. Visit for more information