You’ve brushed up on your carol singing voice (as if it needed perfecting anyway), you’ve made every Christmas shape you could possibly think of out of gingerbread and you’ve sent your letter off to Santa. Now what? Instead of waiting for the big day itself, why not get out there and make the most of this festive-filled month?!
With fairs, concerts and meaty madness to get stuck into, you’ll be hoping Christmas doesn’t come around too quickly!
First Thursdays Carnival | 1st December
Kick off the Christmas celebrations early this year with a little help from the cool kids of K Road. Taking on a Mardi Gras theme, for the First Thursdays Carnival, you’ll bear witness to Samba dancing, steel drums and a whole lotta street food. We’ll see you there!
Auckland Night Noodle Market |1st—4th December
Noodles, dumplings, curries, oh my! Roll up, roll up, it’s time for us Aucklanders to get in on the action as finally, the infamous Night Noodle Markets are coming to town! With food stalls, entertainment and guaranteed deliciousness, know what you’re in for!
Auckland Live Summer In The Square |1st December—24th February
Kicking off on December first, and going right through ‘til February, Summer In The Square promises something exciting every day! Learn new skills (lindy hop, we’re looking at you!), listen to killer DJ’s and live bands, take part in workshops or just chill out on a bean bag with friends. Oh, did we mention, it’s all FREE!
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals | 2nd December
With a new album under their belt and with their first national headline show in more eight years, fans of all things blues, rock and a whole lotta roll, will not want to miss out on this concert. Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will be taking to the stage (where?) to perform their new album alongside classics such as ‘Steal My Kisses’ and ‘Burn To Shine’, for an un-missable night of music.
Coldplay | 3rd December
Coldplay seem to be the band that everyone loves to hate, yet when ‘Fix You’ starts to play, people weep, sing their hearts out and thank Chris Martin for his ‘touching’ lyrics. Sing along with the guys this month and don’t bother trying to fool us, we know you love them, really!
Christmas At The Zoo | 3rd December
Be ready for Christmas At The Zoo this December. With live music, a Kiwiana Christmas show, delicious food and caroling elves, this is a great event for the whole family to enjoy!
Auckland Fair | 4th December
Discover locally-made gifts and products, browse stalls to your heart’s content and sample some of New Zealand’s best homemade crafts, in this Queens Wharf fair. There’s so much talent on offer, with many unique and one-off gifts, making the Auckland Fair the perfect place to pick up a present for a loved one. You’ll find ceramics, clothing, skincare, toys and much, much more!
Carols At Potters Park | 4th December
The organisers behind Carols at Potters Park certainly know how to bring the Christmas cheer to Auckland. With live carols, audiences can sing along to some festive favourites, while the little ones take turns with face painting. We expect the whole crowd to enjoy the evening of festivities and fun.
Bikes, Bands & BBQ’s | 4th December
Love chowing down on sticky, grilled meat? Yep. Have a passion for motorcycles and all things bad-ass? Hell, yeah! Enjoy listening to kick-ass Kiwi bands? Sure do! Then MOTAT is the place to be this December. Showcasing a grand collection of motorcycles and bikes from some of Auckland’s most prestigious clubs and with live music and BBQ’s, this is an event to keep everyone happy!
Ponsonby Social Club - Various Events | 4th—18th December
Ponsonby Road’s favourite dimly-lit brick wall bar is hosting some pretty kick-ass events this month. There’s a Brazilian-inspired feast and a Bloody Mary bonanza, complete with barbecued ribs and killer beats. You can expect to drink, dine and dance your December nights away to stellar line-ups at Ponsonby Social Club.
Cleaver and Co All-You-Can-Eat Ribs | 6th December
Grab a bib, bring some support and prepare for a whole lotta meat munchin’ this month. For less than $30, you’ll be able to feast on all the ribs, slaw and chips you like, until your jean buttons pop! Nothing says ho, ho ho, like booking in and tucking in, for the last rib eating event of the year at Cleaver and Co!
Barfoot & Thompson Present, Twilight Summer Night At Ellerslie Racecourse | 7th December
Enjoy a summer’s evening at the races this December. With an exclusive Mumm Champagne garden party alongside nail-biting races and fabulous racing attire, it’s sure to be a night of fun. Or, take along a picnic if you prefer and be sure to pack the sunscreen!
Nero | 8th December
Having become one of the biggest names to come out of the British EDM scene, the talented trio behind Nero, are bringing their highly anticipated show to Auckland this December. Performing at K Road’s Studio they’ll be playing smash hits such as ‘Promises’, ‘Crush On You’ and ‘Guilt’, for a fabulous night out.
Christmas In The Park | 10th December
What do you get when you cross amazing, live performances with some of New Zealand’s favourite musicians, festive fireworks and visits from Santa Claus? Christmas in the Park, that’s what! Held at the Auckland Domain, this free, fun, family event is back and bigger than ever! With a stellar line up, including Stan Walker, Tami Nelson and The Koi Boys, this is one event that is sure to get you in the festive spirit.
Mount Eden Christmas In the Village | 10th December
Mount Eden’s Christmas in the Village is sure to put a smile on even the toughest of Scrooges. With a Christmas fête, the annual tree decorating fiesta, live music and carols galore, this is a one-stop-shop for everything festive.
Takapuna Beach Christmas Carnival | 10th December
Promising to bigger and better than last year, this North Shore event is sure to be one to remember. With a host of activities, food trucks, live music and performances, the Takapuna Beach Christmas Carnival is not one to miss! Rumour has it that they’ve even had to close the street to fit it all in!
Britomart Day Out | 10th December
Back for a fantastic, fourth year, Britomart’s Day Out is fun for all the family. With face painting, store specials, Christmas trees for sale and all of the deliciousness from the Cigale Markets, there’s every reason to head along! P.S, keep an eye out for Santa!
Amy Schumer | 17th December
Making her way to New Zealand this month, Ms. Schumer certainly doesn't plan to come quietly. Renowned for her stage prowess, witty remarks, honesty and overall hilarity, Amy Schumer has become one of comedies biggest stars. Laugh until you cry at this one-night-only, live show.
Auckland Live Presents, Georges Marvellous Medicine | 17th—22nd December
Bringing Roald Dahl’s classic and infamous book to life, Auckland Live present to you, Georges Marvellous Medicine! Help celebrate 100 years of Dahl with a show full of laughter, scandal and mischief. A performance perfect for all ages, all we can say is, grandmas, beware!
Christmas In The Vines - Sol3 Mio | 18th December
The boys are back in town for another magical event filled with heavenly sounds and breath-taking performances. Sol3 Mio are playing Auckland’s Villa Maria Winery for a festive celebration of all of their smash hits and Christmas carols, for a knock-out night of music.
Yoga In The Park | 18th December
All you’ll need is a mat, a little bit of balance and some comfy clothes. Got all three? Well then, what are you waiting for? Head on down to Auckland’s Band Rotunda for a morning of downward dogs and child’s poses as you take part in December’s free, Yoga In The Park event. Bring your pals and prepare for a whole lotta ‘oommm’s’.
The New Zealand Herald Boxing Day Races | 26th December
One of the most anticipated events of the year, the Boxing Day Races are the perfect chance to unwind after all that Christmas stress. Dress up in all your gorgeous glory and and head along to Ellerslie for a day of glamourous fun.
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