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Featured Event

Summertime Reading Club

December 18 – January 18 // Christchurch City Libraries

Christchurch City Libraries’ annual Summertime Reading Club is back and better than ever! The school holidays are the perfect time for fun, play and sweet summer stories! Keep track of how many minutes you read (or are read to) each day between 18 December 2015 – 18 January 2016 and be in to WIN! Prizes include iPads, books, pool passes and movie vouchers!* For more information, or to get a special Challenge Card, drop into any Christchurch City Library or visit

*Open to all Christchurch City Libraries members aged between 0 – 16 years. 


Christmas Lightshow

1 – 30 December // 8:30pm – midnight

A Christmas Lightshow like no other. We have used over 500,000 lights and created a lightshow that is synchronized to popular rock and classical music. There are also great christmas displays, a number of trains running and even a spooky wild animal display. Location is 650 Shands Road, Christchurch. Open from 8.30pm till midnight every night. Pricing: $5 per person. Official Website: Click hereFacebook Event: Click here


New Brighton Christmas Carnival

26 Dec -10 Jan // 11am-7pm // New Brighton Village Green

Come down and check out the all new American “Super Trooper” a ride for all ages. They also have kids rides, side shows, and the white knuckle ride the “SideWinder”. Show special $25 for 6 rides of your choice.


Experience Christmas at Canterbury Museum with a Victorian Christmas and Santa Search

7 Dec – 10 Jan // Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Avenue

From early December to 10 January 2016 Canterbury Museum will bring to life the magic of the festive season in A Victorian Christmas at Canterbury Museum. The much-loved Christchurch Heritage Street will be adorned with festive decorations and a decorated tree will set the scene in the Museum foyer. The Great Museum Santa Search is on again this year. Santas will hide all over the Museum and children are invited to enter the competition to find them. The winner will receive a fabulous prize from the Museum Store. Christmas entertainment will take place from 19 December, including Victorian music, and carols from The Plainsmen, a family craft activity as well as a daily appearance by a very special guest. A Victorian Christmas at Canterbury Museum – including The Great Museum Santa Search. Supported by: The Christmas Hut, Malthouse Costumes, The Plainsmen and Canterbury Embroiderers Guild. See specific activity dates and times online at


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


Lego Technics FUN!

Mondays & Wednesdays; 28th December – 27th January // Imagination Station // 4-5:30pm

Are you fascinated by how things work and think you can figure out the mechanics behind how Technic contraptions function by building them yourselves? This 90 minute session will introduce you to all the different Technic parts and how show you how to use them to make contraptions such as the Squeeze Claw Grabber, Paper Shredder, Gearing Up and Down, Catapult and the Trap Ball. Whether you have built with Technics or not before, this session will develop your understanding of how each piece aids in the function of the contraptions and further your building skills. Pricing is $15. To get all the details and to go to the official website: 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


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Ingham Lazy Sundays

Every Sunday from 3 January // 3 – 4:30pm // Archery Lawn, Botanic Gardens (Finale at St Albans Park)

A Christchurch favourite, Ingham Lazy Sundays is the perfect way to relax and while away your Sundays with friends or family. Take in some fantastic music from a talented array of musicians in the stunning and beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Represented are New Zealand residents originally from Switzerland, England, Africa, USA and Russia. See all the info and musicians at the summertimes site.


2015/2016 Season of Cricket in Christchurch

Starts 26 December // Hagley Park South

Hagley Oval is going to be the place to be this summer for an action packed summer of cricket! Hagley Oval is home to the Canterbury Kings, Canterbury Men’s and the Canterbury Magicians cricket teams and will also play host to the BLACKCAPS as they take on Sri Lanka in two ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL and a TEST match v Australia. These games will be something that family can enjoy together with an array of entertainment on offer for whole the family. See at the details at the official website: Click 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 


SPECTRUM Street Art Festival

12 December-17 April // 9:30am – 5pm // YMCA

Hot on the heels of the unprecedented success of last summer’s SPECTRUM this latest extravaganza will run from 12 December 2015 to 17 April 2016. With 7 exhibition spaces, 10 big city centre walls, 15 of the world’s best street artists, SPECTRUM promises to take street art in Christchurch to the next level. Get all the info on their site.


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