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The week ahead…


Summer of Fun – Aqua Saturday “Summer School Party”

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.


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.


Summer of Fun – Christmas Party

14th December  // 11-3pm  // Avon Loop Community Cottage, 28 Hurley Street

Our annual Christmas party will comprise of a BBQ, Father Christmas, and group activites, including Petanque at the Walnut Tree Park next to the cottage.


Lincoln’s Christmas Twilight Market

18th December // 4-7pm  // on green beside Hillyers Cafe, 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. Stock up on fresh local produce for over the holiday season.  A visit from Santa and fantastic live Christmas music throughout the event from the Rolleston Singers and Selwyn String Quartet. Official Website 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.

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 for more information