Christmas in Christchurch 2016

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

Many Christmas events in Christchurch are listed on local events calendar 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 will take place on Saturday 26 November 2016 in Christchurch. Carol services take place in local communities.

The season of carols culminates with the YMCA Carols by Candlelight, taking place on Christmas Eve in Victoria 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.

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.

Churches may have nativity displays, and there is a Christmas Grotto at South West Baptist Church.