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Christmas In The City

Event Timeline

10.30 am - Santa strolls from Cathedral Junction to New Regent Street flanked by a choir & elves

10.40 am - Santa strolls to Magaret Mahy Playground flanked by the Samba and Ambush brass bands & Elves

11.00 am - Santa boards the Punts and makes his way along the Avon Otakaro River

There will be music, lots of elves all along the river promenade entertaining people

11.50 am - Santa arrives at The Terrace and makes his way to the awesome City Mission Christmas Tree

12.00 pm - The official Christmas Tree launch, hosted by radio presenter Jason Gunn at the Bridge of Remembrance

12.30 pm - Santa boards the Tram and makes his way down to The Crossing where the children will be able to visit him

There will be Christmas fund and entertainment throughout City Mall including Face Painting / Roaming Elves / Choirs and other musical bands


In association with the Christchurch City Mission, we are launching Christmas In The City on the 28th of November. This will be a fun-packed event for the whole family so come and help us celebrate. 

Follow Santa as he punts the Avon, from Margaret Mahy Playground to the Bridge of Remembrance....

There will be Elves parading, Choirs, live bands, Face painting, and giveaways.... Don't miss seeing Santa! 

The Central City Business Association would like to acknowledge their event partners: 

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