Christmas in Christchurch 2014

If you are visiting Christchurch over the next month or just keen to know what Christmas related events are happening around the city, we have brought together a few of the best.

Christmas light show, 650 Shands Road Christchurch, from 28 November

Even though we are heading rapidly towards summer and nightfall is taking longer and longer to arrive, enjoying Christmas light displays has still found it's way into the New Zealand Christmas experience. Christchurch couple Carl and Maureen have created a spectacular Christmas light show at their Hornby home.

What started off six years ago as some outside fairy lights, has quickly escalated into a full-blown synchronised sound and light extravaganza.

Preparation for the next years event starts even before the current display has been taken down, with new design ideas and lighting arrangements being dreamed up.

The physical set up started in July last year, with confirming of the theme, wielding up the giant sculptures that the lights will be arranged on and searching the internet for new and unique lights and christmas themed figures to add to the collection.  Intertwined into the lighting show was Maureen’s 1933 Plymouth Delux Hotrod running a 350 Chev V8 engine and Carl’s 1929 Ford C Cab Hotrod, powered by a 302 Ford V8 engine, the couple’s other passion when not lighting up the world.

2011’s show consisted of approx.150,000 lights, 180 multi boxes, 420 extension cables and used 22.5 kw of power. 2012 multiplied to over 300,000 lights and two search lights and Christmas 2013 display had around 400,000 lights.

The gates will be open from 8.30pm to midnight from 28 November to 30 December and there is a charge of $5 per person with under 2 year olds free, to help raise funds for Maureen's Lyme disease treatment.

Christmas in the Park, North Hagley Park 29th November

Multi-award winning songstress Ladi6 is the headline act for the 21st anniversary performance of Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park, Christchurch

They’ll be joined by Silver Scroll award winner Tami Neilson, Nyree Burt, Barry Southgate, Lavina Williams, Andrew Papas, Ria Hall, backing vocalists Anna Grahame, Paul Fagamalo and Yuli Quay and a talent packed line-up of celebrated singers, dancers and musicians. 

The event will be hosted by MORE FM’s Gary McCormick and Simon Barnett. This year the event is supporting Youthline in their work to create communities in which young people develop and thrive. 

Christmas Grotto, Friday 12th December - Christmas Eve

Run by the South West Christchurch Baptist Church, the Christmas Grotto has also become an annual event in Christchurch. Launching on December 12, the beautiful displays last right through to Christmas Eve, but we recommend you don't leave it too long as it now attracts 32,000 visitors each year. The Gotto is a series of animated and static displays depicting a number of different Christmas themes, designed to appeal to all age groups. 

YMCA Carols by Candlelight, Latimer Square, Christmas Eve

2014 is the 67th Carols by Candlelight since it was first started in 1947.  It will be held in the Christmas Events Hub in Latimer Square. A unique event that encourages people of all ages to come together and celebrate Christmas in a traditional and magical manner, Carols by Candlelight is the only Christmas Eve event of its kind in New Zealand.

Santa Parade and Carols in the Square

Check out our recent blog post for details about the Santa Parade and the first Carol service.