School holidays! Holiday programmes, events, and activities – December 2017 / January 2018

Find out what's on this school holidays for Christchurch children. Check out the holiday programmes and activities at our libraries and learning centres, and shows and performances for kids.

Mobile Library at the Margaret Mahy playground. Tuesday 9, 16, 23, and 30 January 2018.
Mobile Library at the Margaret Mahy playground. Tuesday 9, 16, 23, and 30 January 2018.

Library and Learning Centre holiday programmes and activities

Our libraries and learning centres offer a variety of accessible, safe and affordable activities for children during their school holidays. Programmes and activities are aimed at children between the ages of five and 15 years:

Summertime Reading Club – Kōrero pukapuka ā te wā o raumati

Our annual Summertime Reading Club programme is for kids between 0 and 13 years old inclusive. The competition starts on Friday 1 December 2017 and finishes on Friday 19 January 2018 at 5pm. Try an eBook, read an eMagazine or read to someone – tell us your reading experiences and be in to WIN great prizes. You can also go WILD about reading in the Botanic Gardens!

Christchurch holiday programmes and workshops

The following organisations are running holiday programmes or workshops for kids or teens in the December 2017 / January 2018 holidays:

Search CINCH, our Community Information Christchurch database, for more Canterbury holiday programmes.

Find an OSCAR programme (Out of School Care and Recreation).

Shows, movies, and performances

Kid friendly movies on in the holidays include Kiwi Christmas, Star Wars: The last Jedi, Wonder, Paddington 2, Coco, Ferdinand, and Jumanji 3D Welcome to the Jungle.

What's on in Christchurch

2008 New Brighton Christmas Parade  2009 Christchurch Santa Parade

Santa Parades

SummerTimes is on from 1 December. Plan your summer with the SummerTimes events guide, there's something for all ages, tastes and cultures. Check out the family events for kid-friendly goings on like Kite Day on 20 January.

Things to do, and places to go in Christchurch

Get close to live tuatara 10am to 1pm, Wednesday 20 December, i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

Most of these venues are free but some have a entry fee. There is more information on their websites.

Margaret Mahy playground

For more events and activities, search Be There and Eventfinda.