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The week ahead…


Carols in the Square

6th December // Starts at 4pm; carol sing-a-long at 6pm  // Cathedral Square

A free community picnic and carol service to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Featuring live music, free bouncy castles, free face-painting and games for the kids, food vendors, craft stalls and more from 4-6pm. Followed by a sing-a-long Christmas carol service from 6pm. Pack a picnic, bring your deck chairs and singing voices! Gladly brought to you by St John’s Anglican Church Latimer Square. More info: &


Kaiapoi Carnival & Santa Parade

6th December // 9-3pm  //  Williams Street, Kaiapoi

Fun family day out.   We have a relaxed carnival with free entertainment, roving clowns, community group stalls, market stalls. The day includes the Santa Parade starting at 11 am.  This relaxed community parade guarantees everyone a good view. Community fundraising auction at 2pm.  This auction will include items such as:  Cricket bats signed by the recent Black Caps Teams, weekend in Kaikoura including train tickets and accommodation, bus tickets to Wanaka on the Naked bus, fantastic gift items and more.


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.


Frozen Charity Ball

6th December // 2-4pm  //  Waitakiri School Hall, 170 Burwood Rd

Join Anna, Elsa and other princess friends for a spectacular bash with dancing, face painting, food, drink and lots of fun! Batman and Pirate Pete will be there for the lads too! Tickets: $35 for an adult and one child, additional adults or children $20 each. Under 2s free with a paying adult. All proceeds to Be the Change NZ ( a great charity empowering young people to be the change they want to see in the world. For tickets: 0800 BUY TIX (289 849). More info on Facebook.


Summer of Fun – Aqua Saturday “Summer School Party”

6, 13, 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 Parade Christchurch 2014

7th December // 2-4pm  //  Riccarton Road

On Sunday December 7, 2014 a quarter of the region will line Riccarton Road to watch the Santa Parade proudly presented by the Christchurch Children’s Christmas Parade Trust. For 67 years the Christchurch Santa Parade has brought joy to the citizens of Christchurch and its environs. This year will be no exception! Celebrities, spectacular floats, fantasy, popular characters, clowns, animals, marching girls, thrills, music, music, music and of course Santa will feature. It has something for everyone! The parade will start at 2pm sharp from the corner of Wharenui & Riccartons Roads and ends approximately 3.30pm at the corner of Mandeville Street and Riccarton Road. Postponement date Sunday December 14! More info on website.


Summer of Fun – Community Carols at Mairehau

7th December // 4-7pm  // Mairehau Primary School, 43 Mahars Road, Mairehau

A free community picnic and Carol Service. Family entertainment (including free bouncy castles, face painting, kids games, live music and more), provided from 4-6pm and the a sing-along Carol service from 6-7pm. Aimed at families in the Mairehau and wider Community.

Summer of Fun – Christmas at the Lake

7th December // 4-6pm  // The vacant section of land by the lake, Pegasus

There will be a band, involve children from the local school/pre-school, a free BBQ, bouncy castles, pony rides, noddy train and of course Santa will be there handing out lollies.


Summer of Fun – Greendale School and Community Fun Day

7th December // 2-7pm  // Greendale Domain, Greendale Road

This is an afternoon of family friendly activities, promoting being active, being happy, and coming together as a community. We’ll have fun games for the whole family such as a bouncy castle and classic country fair games (3 legged races and tug of war). There will also be a free sausage sizzle and BYO picnic.


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


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 Christmas Grotto Experience

12th December // See website for times // South West Baptist Church, 244 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon

Create great Christmas memories! Visit the Christmas Grotto, where you will journey through a series of animated and static displays depicting a number of different Christmas themes. It is a fun-filled experience for people of ALL AGES. From small beginnings, the Christmas Grotto has grown into a large community event with over 32,000 visitors each Christmas. Grand Opening: Friday 12th from 5.30pm. Official Website: Click here


Community Carol Service – Avonhead

12th December // 5-7pm  // Merrin School, 41 Merrin Street, Avonhead

Bring your blanket, picnic tea and your best singing voice – a lovely chance to sing some old classics alongside Merrin School Choirs – rain or shine.  Start time 6pm.  Feel free to be there early to secure a spot on the lawn! A carol service for families and the Avonhead community. Music and singing, sound and staging, children’s activities – balloon animals, sausage sizzle, face painting and farmyard animals.


Alice in Wonderland

12 & 13th December // 7.00pm Friday 12th, 2pm & 7pm Saturday 13th  // Isaac Theatre Royal

The Southern Ballet Theatre celebrates the return to the newly rebuilt Isaac Theatre Royal with our interpretation of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ in a colourful journey including all of the familiar characters. A stage production that will thrill the young and the young at heart. Don’t be late for a very important date! A delightful production of Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz dance performed by the students of The Southern Ballet Theatre and School that is suitable for all ages. Official Website: Click here


Xpression Dance Studio

13th December // 6pm  // 81 Bickerton Street, Wainoni

Xpression presents “A Bedtime Story” End of Year Dance Showcase! Students will be taking the stage live and performing a range of dynamic dances – in amongst drama, multimedia and music. Be sure to book this into your calendars, an event for the whole family! $5 single / $10 family. Website info.


Santa comes to The Forge at The Court Theatre

13 & 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.


Jellie Park’s 50th Birthday Bash

13th December // 12pm-3pm  // Jellie Park

Come down to Jellie Park Summer Pool to celebrate Jellies Park’s 50th Birthday Bash alongside More FM! Lots of fun activities including inflatables.For full information on Summer Pools opening hours and admission prices visit


Summer of Fun – St Andrews We Love Christmas

13th December // 10am – 4pm  // St Andrews Anglican Church, Corner High Street & Church Street, Oxford

A fun community event with craft activities for families to work on together, a bouncy castle, an all day sausage sizzle, and a quiet space for coffee and chat.


Rangiora Toyota Santa Parade & Party in the Park

14th December // Starts at 4pm; carol sing-a-long at 6pm  // Victoria Park, Percival Street, Rangiora

Find a good spot along Rangiora’s High Street to watch the fabulous Santa Parade plus enjoy a party in Victoria Park – music, food, amusement rides, craft stalls & family entertainment! Check website for more info.


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.