Christmas in Christchurch 2020

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 Eventfinda. There are also Christmas events at libraries.
Browse our holiday hours.

Christmas carols and music

Christmas in the Park is cancelled for 2020. 

The season of carols culminates with the YMCA Carols by Candlelight, taking place on Christmas Eve  24 December 2020. This year's venue is Victoria Square. This twilight gathering has been delighting Cantabrians and visitors every Christmas Eve since 1947.

Other carol services traditionally take place around the city. Check the CCC What's on calendar.

Christmas parades and Santa

The Christchurch Santa Parade is cancelled for 2020. Instead a Santa's Mega Grotto will run for 10 days during December at QEII park.

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 launched on Friday 20 November from 4pm with an afternoon of entertainment, a sausage sizzle and dress-up competition.

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