Roll on Summer!

  • Press Summer Starter
  • Carols in the square
  • A christmas carol
  • Christchurch santa parade

With the annual Cup and Show Week now at an end, and the official summer holidays only a month away, all the fun stuff is starting to happen in the garden city!

Vodafone Season of a Christmas Carol, Isaac Theatre Royal, November 20 - 22

The beautiful and historuc Isaac Theatre Royal re-opens in the city this week, with one of the first performers on the freshly built stage being New Zealand's Royal Ballet, with A Christmas Carol. The theatre has been completely rebuilt and refurbished following the 2011 earthquakes, and is now better than ever before. This will be the first time this adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been performed outside the UK. Tickets are still available through the ITR website

Press Summer Starter, November 30

For those who overindulged in bubbles and good food at the show and the races, you can still get your entries in for the Press's Summer Starter Fun Run (and walk) on November 30, 2014. 

Deadline is November 20 to avoid the late fee. This is a brand new event for the city designed to bring people together, celebrate Christchurch and raise some cash while you're at it. You can walk, run, hop, scoot or wheel your way around the course with a team of workmates, on your own or with friends. 

The finish line is where the real fun begins, with a finishers party that rolls on till at least 2pm.

South Island Wine and Food, December 6

If you love eating and drinking, boy have we got a deal for you! The South Island Wine and Food Festival is in Hagley Park again on December 6. You'll have more than 40 wineries from the five South Island wine regions to sample from, plus top local chefs doing what they do best and plenty of entertainment while you relax and enjoy it all.

If you happen to be still soberish at the end of the day, and in just the right mood for Christmas carols, you can wander down to Latimer Square. 

Carols in the Square, December 6 from 4pm

From 4pm, Latimer Square will be filled with families, bouncy castles, food vendors, craft stalls (Christmas shopping anyone?) and live music. At 6pm the carol service starts, brought to you by St John's Anglican Church. Bring a rug and your picnic supplies, and your best singing voice.

If it rains the event will be cancelled. Find out more through the Facebook events page.

Santa Parade, Riccarton Road, December 7

If you are not in the mood for Christmas by this point, you certainly will be (or at least the family will be) as you make your way to the annual Santa Parade - which is in its 67th year! There's a nice easy route down Riccarton Road between Clyde Road and Mandeville Street, with the promise of entertainment and fun aplenty. (Oh and the guy in the red suit is rumoured to be attending).

Santa parade map