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The week ahead…  


The Christmas Grotto Experience

16 – 24 December // 9am – 9pm // South West Baptist Church

Come and journey through a series of animated and static displays depicting a number of Christmas themes. Fun for people of all ages! Create some magical Christmas memories. Next year the Christmas Grotto Experience will take a break, so make sure you and your family see it while you can. This year entry is by donation and the onsite cafe is open for light refreshments. Official Website: Click here


Christchurch Christmas Lightshow

2 – 30 December // 8:30pm through to midnight // 650 Shands Rd

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 Halloween Witches Cove display. Entry is $5 per person. Official Website: Click here and Facebook Event: Click here


Lincoln’s Christmas Twilight Market

22 December // 4 – 7pm // Lincoln Green, Gerald Street, Lincoln

Perfect place to start off the festive season, get in the Christmas spirit and buy those last minute gifts for friends and family. Visit from the man in red, face painting and hoola hoop fun with fairy Sophie, Christmas music from the Selwyn Community Choir at 6.15 pm.PLUS LOTS OF ARTISAN CRAFT STALLS – gifts from newborn to adult – bootees & bibs, cute soft toys, crochet and knitted gifts, handmade clothing, jewellery, wooden gifts, cushions, designer ware, art, cards, calendars, garden art…. STOCK UP ON FRESH AWARD WINNING PRODUCE – local cheeses, olive olive, wines, GF treats, gourmet pastries, artisan breads, fresh fruit & vegetables, honey and colourful flowers to bedeck the Christmas table. If gardening is your thing there will also be a selection of vegetable plants and perennials. Come join our pre Christmas get together! Facebook Event: Click here


Christmas Movie Night at Re:START

Grab the family and get into some free Christmas entertainment at Re:START. Bring a cushion and head down – the outdoor screening begins at 6:30pm and in addition there’s late night shopping hours until 9pm and extended food options, with some of the city’s best food trucks on hand. The new Re:START Play:ZONE will also be available!

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

22 December // From 6pm // Re:Start Mall

The film for the 22nd is How The Grinch Stole Christmas, the live-action retelling of Dr Seuss’s much-loved all-time Christmas classic, starring Jim Carrey. Facebook Event: Click here


23 December // From 6pm // Re:Start Mall

The film for the 23rd is Elf, the hilarious Will Ferrell film in which a man raised as one of Santa’s elves at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. Facebook Event: Click here


Christmas Market at St Martins School

23 December // 9am – 1pm // St Martins School

The Opawa Farmers’ Market is holding their Christmas Market at St Martins School on Friday 23rd December from 9am – 1pm.  New potatoes, fresh peas, spring carrots, cherries, berries, free range eggs plus a range of other stalls including Christchurch Faerie Circle, The Kvas Company, Koru Kai Natural Skincare, Crafts Made of Love handcrafted jewelry and Milk & Honey Candles. Facebook Event: Click here


Christmas Eve Service

24 December // 6:30 – 7:30pm // Beckenham Primary School – 71 Sandwich Road

Come celebrate Christmas at The Well Church’s Christmas Eve Service! Family friendly service with singing and something for the kids. All welcome to join us for Christmas message, carols and a dessert supper afterward. Facebook Event: Click here

Or find a church in your local area and check out their Christmas Eve or Christmas Day service


Great Museum Santa Search

3 December – 8 January // 9am – 5:30pm // Canterbury Museum

Is that Santa in the shop trying to decide which hat to wear? What about that jolly looking fellow in the Air New Zealand 75 Years Exhibition? The Great Museum Santa Search is back and it’s more fun than ever before! Bring your family and search high and low for our hidden Santas. Find all the information here.


Energies: Haines & Hinterding

26 November – 5 March // Christchurch Art Gallery – Te Puna o Waiwhetu

See, hear, smell and feel the invisible energies that surround us as Australian artists David Haines and Joyce Hinterding summon unseen forces. David Haines and Joyce Hinterding live and work in the Blue Mountains. Hinterding is fascinated with energetic forces, while Haines is drawn to the intersection of hallucination and the environment. Both artists are captivated by the unseen energies that surround us and seek to reveal them to audiences through their work. Get all the info on the official website: Click here