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The week ahead…


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


  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  


Kaiapoi Carnival & Santa Parade

5 December // 9.30am – 3pm; Santa Parade 1pm // Kaiapoi Main Street

This family day is a Kaiapoi Tradition with market stalls, Santa Parade and free entertainment. Meet the Disney Princesses – see Elsa perform ‘Let it go’. Star Wars Storm Troopers joining the Parade and Carnival. Zombie Apocalypse Arena (Carnival only). Age limit 10 years + with parental permission for 10-14 year olds. Event Website:


Santa Parade 2015

6 December // 2pm // Riccarton Road

On Sunday December 6 115,000 plus will line both sides of Riccarton Road to view the annual Santa Parade proudly presented by the Christchurch Children’s Christmas Parade Trust. Now in its 68th year, the Santa Parade is without doubt the largest and most successful annual event held in the South Island, especially for children. 130 entries including spectacular floats, popular characters, celebrities, animals, fantasy, ethnic groups, marching girls, thrills, music, music, music and of course SANTA will feature in the parade. 2,500 plus participants and hundreds of volunteers will turn out to provide an hour and a half of “free” fun, excitement and entertainment.  Official Website: Click here


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


Rangiora Toyota Santa Parade & Party in the Park

13 December // 12pm – 6pm Party in the Park; 2pm Santa Parade // Rangiora Main St & Victoria Park

Find a good spot along Rangiora’s High Street to watch the fabulous Santa Parade. See heaps of beautifully decorated and themed floats and the big man himself! Join the party in Victoria Park from 12pm – 6pm – Christmas music, food, amusement rides, craft stalls and family entertainment!  Event Website:


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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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