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Central City - Christmas Event Guide

Christmas is almost here and if you are looking for a different experience, then Central City has a lot to offer.

If you are looking for food and entertainment, we have a huge selection of restaurants, bars, cafes all located within walking distance. There is also plenty of family entertainment on offer with the new Hoyts EntX centre, Margret Mahey Playground and some great Christmas workshops for the kids to get involved in.

Come in and experience the new Riverside Market which supports local growers and small businesses by purchasing fresh, organic produce, meat, seafood, freshly baked goods, coffee and more or The Terrace for something more sophisticated. We also have some great little alternative areas like the SALT District and South Town or the beautiful New Regent Street.

Central City also has the largest selection of independent retailers all within walking distance offering items not found just anywhere. So if you want to search out unique gifts for your loved ones, we will be able to provide you with choice.


Parking is easy, with a selection of great off street parking facilities and plenty of at grade carparks. Click on this PARKING LINK to view the wide range of parking options available 

Central City Christmas Events

Little Andromeda – Pop Up theatre

Where: The Terrace

Kowhai Collective workshops

Where: Guthrey Centre

Date & Time: 11 Nov – 24 Dec

The Arts Centre Mākete – All I want For Christmas

Where: The Arts Centre
Date & Time: 10 – 4pm - 1 December

Festive fun: Wreath-making workshop

Where: The Arts Centre
Date & Time: Monday 2 December: 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Sunday 8 December: 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Summertimes Launch & Toi Ōtautahi Announcement 

Where: The Terrace
Date & Time: 6 December: 4pm to 6:00pm

There will be a DJ etc on the night

South Island Food & Wine Festival

Where: Hagely Park 
Date & Time: 7 December

Multi Media Communications Santa Parade

Where: Starts Madras Street south end between St Asaph and Kilmore Streets.
Date & Time: 2pm - 8 December

Smash Palace Bike Show

Where: Smash Palace – High Street
Date & Time: 9 -3pm – 9th December

Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema

Where: The Arts Centre
Date & Time: 5.30pm (Family) 8pm Grown Up Films - 13 & 14th December

Late night shopping (ANZ, The Crossing, BNZ, Riverside)

Where: Retail Precinct
Date & Time: 19 & 20 December

Festive fun: Wreath-making workshop

Where: Arts Centre
Date & Time:Monday 2 December: 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Sunday 8 December: 3.00pm to 5.00pm

The Conscious Club Christmas Market

Where: Hack Circle (Corner Cashel Mall / High Street)

Date & Time: 17 – 21 Dec, 5pm

The Edge NYE

Where: North Hagley Park
Date & Time: 6pm – 12:15am / 31 December 2019