This page explores Christmas related events in Christchurch – from carol services and concerts to Santa parades and festive displays.
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Christmas carols and music
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
- Sunday 3 December 2017: Christchurch’s Santa Parade on Riccarton Road.
- Saturday 9 December 2017: New Brighton Christmas Parade.
- Sunday 10 December 2017: Rangiora 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.
Some streets in Christchurch light up as homes are festooned with Christmas lights.