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The week ahead…

 

Summer of Fun – Aqua Saturday “Summer School Party”

20th December // 7-9pm  // Dudley Park Aquatic Centre, 47 Church Street, Rangiora

Come along to our 6 week summer pool party – taking place every Saturday from 15 November – 20 December. This program will provide music, inflatables and a free BBQ.

 

Santa comes to The Forge at The Court Theatre

20th December // 9am – 1pm  // Bernard Street, Christchurch

Elves R U Nortyornice, Glitterdust and Howdoo Umeasureup, will be assisting Santa in his Forge Christmas Grotto. Not only will they handle the ‘Naughty or Nice’ list, but also, when Santa takes his milk and biscuit breaks at 10 am, 11 am and 12 noon, they will entertain Grotto visitors with a story and a carol or two. No queues and no charges. As an early Christmas present to mums and dads, not to mention boys and girls, Santa has banned queues at The Forge Christmas Grotto. Instead his elves will meet the children on arrival and take down their names, checking to see if they are on the naughty or nice list. Children will have plenty to do while they wait to be introduced to Santa; children can chat to the elves, write and post a Christmas letter or take pictures at the photo booth. Santa commented, “Ho ho ho, boys and girls have come to see me in my Grotto not stand in line and I know that mums and dads will appreciate my early Christmas gift of making the whole event free.” Santa’s Head of Marketing Ms S Cape Klaus says, “Generally children do not get much face-time with Santa and his elves. In this way The Forge Christmas Grotto will provide a unique Santa experience, unavailable elsewhere in Christchurch.” Rudolf Redknows, the Santa team’s transport co-ordinator, has confirmed that Santa and elves will be at The Court Theatre foyer from 9.00am to 1.00 pm on Saturday 13th and Saturday 20th December. Official Website: Click here. Facebook Event: Click here.

 

Oxford Christmas Parade & Picnic

21st December  // 12:30pm // Main Street to A&P Showgrounds, Bay Road

Enjoy the parade of floats from the Oxford Town Hall to the A&P Showgrounds where there is more fun to be enjoyed. Bring a picnic lunch, sit back and enjoy. Official Website here.
 

Summer of Fun – Community Carol Service & BBQ Picnic

21st December // 4-6:30pm  // St Josephs Roman Catholic Church, Telegraph Road, Darfield

Community Picnic and Christmas Carols. A BBQ in the late afternoon with the Community Carol service.
 

Summer of Fun – Oxford Big Splash

22nd December // 11-2pm  // Oxford Community Aquatic Centre, Burnett Street, Oxford

An end of year pool party for youth in Oxford. There will be a DJ, games, prizes, food, and fun!

 

YMCA Carols by Candlelight

24th December // 9pm  // Latimer Square

The YMCA Carols by Candlelight is a free family carol singing event on Christmas Eve. Join in the magic of Christmas Eve with your friends and family singing Christmas carols by candlelight. Go to website for more info.

 

Summer of Fun – New Brighton Community Christmas Carols

24th December // 7-9pm  // New Brighton Bowl, beside the New Brighton Library

Community Christmas Carols…..an event for the whole family. Join us at 6pm for family entertainment with Josh Grimaldi, face painting; ice cream and more. Then at 7pm we will have a traditional Carol service with all your favourite songs. Hosted by Grace Vineyard Beach Campus. Wet weather venue will be 111 Seaview Road.
 

Sefton Christmas Harvest Market

24th December // 9-1pm  // Grown, 818 Marshmans Rd, Sefton

Avoid the supermarket chaos and buy fresh from the farm gate! A unique Farmers Market held on farm where you can get your hands dirty, digging your own new potatoes (BYO garden fork!) and picking your own peas. Also in attendance will be 40 plus stallholders featuring the best of Canterbury’s farmers markets offerings. Gold coin donation. Website: www.grown.co.nz

 

Oxford Christmas Carols in the Park

24th December // 7-9pm  // Pearson Park Old Bowling Green

Oxford Christmas Carols in the ParkGood old fashioned family Christmas sing-a-long.  Sausage sizzle or bring a picnic, kids lolly scramble. See additional info on the website
 

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.

 

Ongoing events…

 

Kaiapoi Christmas Boxes

6-18th December 4-6pm // 19-24th December 12-4pm  // Williams Street, Kaiapoi

There will be Twelve Large Boxes on Williams Street which will have a Christmas scene inside and each day one box will be revealed each day. 6th – 18th December, 4pm – 6pm – One box will be opened each day. 19th – 24th December, 12pm – 4pm. All 12 boxes will be open for viewing.

 

Oxford Christmas Wonderland

11-24th December // Daily 2pm – 8pm; Sat/Sun 11am – 8pm  // Oxford A&P Showgrounds, Bay Road

Christmas filled Fantasy Land, with amazing festive displays, locally decorated Christmas Trees and Santa visits… An enchanting experience for all – visit us in Oxford to get into the Christmas spirit. $2 per person.

 

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 christchurchcitylibraries.com for more information