What’s On This December

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30 November 2023

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This festive season brings us many exciting events to jot down in our calendars, check them out!

Kāpiti Food Fair
2 December 

More than 220 food vendors, and a bustling crowd of 10,000 people, the Kāpiti Food Fair is a scrumptious showcase of everything that we love about New Zealand food. Don’t bypass the Tuatara bar and stage for local brews and grooves.

The Jingle Bellethon Telethon Christmas Show
On Now until 22 December

Celebrating its fourteenth year, The Basement Theatre Christmas Show is back, and this time it’s going off the rails with Janaye Henry (Ngāti Kahuki Whangaroa) and Bea Gladding (Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi) steering the comedic sleigh. Brace yourself for the perfect blend of scripted brilliance and spontaneous hilarity as Jingle Bellethon Telethon takes the stage and flips the classic Kiwi Telethon on its head.

Christmas in the Park
Christchurch, Auckland
25 November, 9 December

Photo: Richard Linton

It wouldn’t be a December events list without the iconic Christmas big bash. Two nights, in two different cities, and another year of musical and dance entertainment plus a jaw-dropping display of fireworks to top off the festivities. This free knees-up should be a fixture in your Christmas calendar.

JW Marriott in partnership with Curated Botanics
Now until 5 January

This festive wonderland, located in the JW Marriott hotel’s Premium Suite, is a luxurious holiday accomodation option for those who love everything Christmas! For those looking to ditch their aprons, JW Marriott Auckland will also be hosting three festive dining packages: Christmas Eve Dinner featuring a tailor made 4-course set menu, Christmas Day Buffet, and the New Year’s Eve Dinner. Available for booking now.

South Island Wine & Food Festival
2 December

This festival in Christchurch’s Hagley Park is your ticket to drinking and nibbling your way around the South Island. The Black Seeds will provide easy listening reggae as your soundtrack for the day.

Marvel: Earth’s Mightiest Exhibition
14 December-28 April

Explore the Marvel Universe and discover the stories behind the superheroes at this world-premiere exhibition at Tākina Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre. Celebrating 80 years of Marvel, you will have the chance to see original comic art, film props and costumes and exclusive memorabilia, as well as meeting the creators and minds behind the characters. Tickets required.

Boxing Day Festival
Hawke’s Bay
26 December

Onto its eighth edition, the Cape Estate fest is a family-friendly staple in Hawke’s Bay and we can see why. A Boxing Day of pure bliss in the open-air garden setting, with a picturesque view of Cape Kidnappers, good food and great musical line-up.

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