Christmas in Christchurch 2017

This page explores Christmas related events in Christchurch – from carol services and concerts to Santa parades and festive displays.

2008 New Brighton Christmas Parade  2009 Christchurch Santa Parade

Christmas events in Christchurch are listed on the Christchurch City Council website. and Eventfinder. The Press will publish a list of Christmas services. You can view this on PressReader.

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Christmas carols and music

Christmas in the Park was on Saturday 25 November 2017 in Christchurch. Carol services take place in local communities.

Carols in the Park led by Lizzie Cook Friday 15 December 7pm to 9pm, and Linwood Village Night Market 6pm to 9pm, corner of Worcester Street and Stanmore Road.

A Library Christmas Carol is on at South Library on Thursday 21 December at 6pm. 

The season of carols culminates with the YMCA Carols by Candlelight, taking place on Christmas Eve Sunday 24 December 2017. This year's venue is Latimer Square. This twilight gathering has been delighting Cantabrians and visitors every Christmas Eve since 1947.

Christmas parades and Santa

Our history of Christchurch Christmas parades has information on Christchurch’s parades dating back to the 1930s and links to photographs of the Hay’s Santa Parade.

Some malls and shops may have a Santa in store to listen to kids’ gift requests, and having a photo taken on Santa’s knee is a New Zealand tradition.

Lights, decorations and displays

Christchurch shops often decorate their windows and have Christmas displays. Department store Ballantynes is famous for its Christmas window. This year's window is launched on Friday 24 November from 4pm to 5.30pm with jesters, candy floss, face painting and other fun whānau activities. 

Ballantynes Christmas window
Ballantynes Christmas window, Flickr CCL-2011-11-29-BallantynesChristmas-November2011 753

Some streets in Christchurch light up as homes are festooned with Christmas lights.