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  Ashgrove School Santa’s Grotto


27 Nov – 6 Dec // A&P Showgrounds, Ashley Street, Rangiora

A true Christmas experience complete with nativity. New and improved interactive play zone while you wait for your photo to be taken. Bring your letter to Santa to post and search the grotto village for the hidden presents and clues to claim your prize! $3 per person. See website for more info and times


Ashgrove Twilight Gala

27 November // 4pm – 8pm // A&P Showgrounds, Ashley Street, Rangiora

Opening night of Santa’s Grotto will be bigger and better than ever before! Market stalls, car boot stalls and Tombola. Also, food, games, pony rides, hot rod rides and local entertainers for everyone. For more info go to website.



Organics Processing Plant Open Day 

28 November // 11am-2pm // 40 Metro Place, Bromley (next to EcoDrop)

Ever wondered what happens to the contents of your green bin? Find out at Christchurch City Council’s Organics Processing Plant Open Day! See how your green bin contents is transformed into rich organic compost. Talk to the compost makers. Our team is ‘mad about compost’; Free compost samples; Balloons for young gardeners; Sausage sizzle. Parking onsite or on Metro Place. For more information, phone 941 8999 or visit



Christmas Encraftment Market

29th November // 11am-4pm // The Foundry Bar (Canterbury University),90 Ilam Road

 Come give Santa and his elves a run for their money at our 2015 Christmas Encraftment. This is undoubtedly the best place to shop for all your handmade Christmas presents (for others and yourself)! Over 100 stalls of handmade goodness! Food, coffee and sweet treats! Treat yourself or find wonderful gifts for those you love. Invite your friends and family for this big day of shopping. Spread the handmade love. 🙂 ♥ Full list of stall holders: more info on market, visit: is plenty off street parking, there is also plenty of parking on the streets surrounding The Foundry, there is also FREE parking available at the Law Carpark, a minute walk from the venue.


Mandeville Craft Festival

29 November // 11am – 4pm // Mandeville Sport Centre, 431 Mandeville Rd

Experience a Country Fete close to town. Top quality stalls, affordable gifts, food court, live music and
fun…..something for everyone. A fantastic opportunity to do some Christmas shopping in a relaxed and
convivial atmosphere. Circle the date in your diary! $5 adults, children free. Event Website:


House of Travel Triathlon Festival

29 Nov // 8:30am // Pegasus

This festival truly has something for everyone. For kids – we have separate events from 5 years to 14 years. For first timers – we have the “try a tri” or to join as part of a team For non swimmers – we have the terra firma (duathlon option – run/bike/run).  For elite and top age groupers – the elite cup. For social fun – we have various team options.Come join us and get fit for summer! Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned campaigner there is a triathlon for you! Individuals, kids race, teams and a 5km run. The House of Travel Triathlon Festival is held at Pegasus Town on the outskirts of Christchurch. Official Website: Click here and Facebook Event: Click here.



25 Years Of Julie Wylie Music

3 December // 10:30-11:30am // Christchurch Transitional Cathedral

On December the 3rd Julie Wylie celebrates 25 years of making music with the children of Christchurch. During that time Julie has worked with hundreds of children, many who have made music their career. This will be a beautiful Christmas programme for children and their parents. Musical Parenting arose from Julie’s work with children 0-8 years and their families in Musical Play classes in 1990 and as a Music Advisor in Early Childhood for the Ministry of Education. Parents became so interested in the Music  training and my music courses, that the Ministry of Education extended the programme. Dr. Patricia Champion invited Julie to establish Musical Parenting as a vital part of the Champion Centre Early Intervention Programme in 1991. It has been internationally recognized with invitations for Julie to present her musical parenting philosophy world-wide. Come and join Julie and her friends in this celebration of 25 years wonderful work. Official Website: Click here and Facebook Event: Click here



Summer Pool Parties

Various times and pools

It’s pool party time at Christchurch City Council Summer Pools. Make a splash at one of the many Summer Pool parties happening around Christchurch. Join MORE FM for games, inflatables, STREETS Ice Creams and much more as you cool down poolside.  Get all the details at the official website: here



Da Vinci Mechanics

28 November – 8 February // 9am // Canterbury Museum

Explore the mind of artist, scientist and original Renaissance Man Leonardo da Vinci in this award-winning interactive exhibition at Canterbury Museum.  On loan from the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy, Da Vinci Mechanics contains over 60 models. His iconic inventions include the bicycle, the scuba suit, spring powered car, hang glider and the aerial screw, a precursor to the modern helicopter. The exhibition features flying machines, nautical, hydraulic and architectural innovations, ground- breaking applications of civil engineering and incredible war machines, recreated from his drawings over a number of years by craftsmen in Florence. Special Exhibition Hall. Free. Donations appreciated. Official Website: Click here



Mary Poppins

21 November – 23 January // The Court Theatre at The Shed in Addington

Mary Poppins is bringing her trusty umbrella to The Court Theatre stage in this Disney-rific smash-hit musical for fans of all ages. Mary Poppins is based on the beloved books by P.L. Travers and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film. The practically perfect Mary Poppins arrives at 17 Cherry Tree Lane after George and Winifred Banks’ wild and out of control children, Jane and Michael, have driven away yet another nanny. With some help from the chimney-sweep Bert, Mary Poppins leads the family through a series of magical encounters and adventures that they will never forget. With spectacular songs A Spoonful of Sugar, Chim Chim Cher-ee and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, it is a must-see musical for the entire family! Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman. Book by Julian Fellowes, New songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles & Anthony Drewe, Co-created by Cameron Mackintosh, Directed by Ross Gumbley & Stephen Robertson, Musical Direction by Richard Marrett. By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia PTY Ltd exclusive agent for Music Theatre International (NY). Official Website: Click here