Christmas For The City
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Christmas for the City

A free Christmas event for the whole family

Get festive

Christmas themed walk-through


Jolly good

Food Stalls


Create memories

Kids Activities

Be entertained

Art, music and drama to get you feeling festive

Enjoy a family-friendly, free Christmas event like no other

Christmas for the City is a gift to families and the people of Ōtautahi from the churches of Christchurch. This will be a Christmas party experience that caters for people of all ages, from all communities across our city-a celebration of the Christmas story.

What to expect

Art • Music • Drama • Kids Activities • Toy Making • Santa Photos • Animal Rides • Bouncy Castles • Face Painting • Food Available For Purchase • Cultural expressions of Christmas • Plus Much More

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What's happening

Christmas for the City schedule

Main Stage / Inside

4pm Dean Shaw
4.20pm Daisy Speaks
4.40pm Halswell Community Choir
5pm Songsters
5.20pm Oceana Olsen
5.50pm Korean Presbyterian Church Choir
6.30pm Jazzamatazz
7pm Alice-Louise + Nicholas
7.30pm Emma and Lance
8pm Voices Co - Premier

Satellite Stage / Inside

4pm Sita Moran
4.30pm Miliana and Friends
5.10pm Dean Shaw
5.30pm Sita Moran
6pm Miliana and Friends
6.30pm T.J.
6.50pm Oceana Olsen

Main Stage / Outside

4pm Christchurch Cathedral Choristers
4.30pm Impact Dance and Stage School
5pm Judah Band
5.30pm Alchemy Dance Crew from Halswell School
5.40pm St Paul's Trinity Pacific
5.50pm Junior Mega Crew from Zion Studios
6pm Carol Service - Salvation Army Band
6.30pm Dance Swarm Studios
7pm Voices Co - Academy and Premier
7.30pm La Vida Band
8pm Alice-Louise Barker and Co.
8.30pm Carol Service - La Vida Band

Satellite Stage / Outside

4.30pm Josh Grimaldi
6.30pm Josh Grimaldi

North Pole Village

4-9pm Santa Photos
4-9pm Bouncy Castles
4-9pm House of Bricks
4-9pm Dress Up
4-9pm Minut to Winit
4-9pm Giant Christmas Card for City to Sign
4-6.30pm Cookie Decorating
4-6.30pm Wooden Toy Making
4-6.30pm Decorating Reindeer
6.30-9pm Gingerbread Decorating
6.30-9pm Canvas Art and Card Making
6.30-9pm Christmas Craft Making


Ara City Campus Christchurch

130 Madras St Christchurch

Ara is located on the fringe of the CBD with easy access to numerous transport and parking options.

Ara Institute of Canterbury, City Campus

Want to help?

Get Involved


Keen to get involved with this event? Visit our volunteers page to see how you can help make Christmas for the City happen.


Would you like to perform at Christmas For The City? We have many spaces available for performances. So get in touch and we’ll send you a performers info pack.


Would you like to sponsor this event? Please get in touch with us and we’ll send you a sponsorship pack with all the info you need.

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