Christmas in Christchurch 2018

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. 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 is on Saturday 24 November 2018 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 Monday 24 December 2018. This year's venue is Victoria Square. This twilight gathering has been delighting Cantabrians and visitors every Christmas Eve since 1947.

Christmas 2018 photos

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 launching on Friday 23 November from 4pm to 5.30pm with jesters, balloon sculpturing, 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.