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13 Unforgettable Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada
22nd Dec 2016

13 Unforgettable Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

Although Chrissy ham and Grandma’s pavlova might be on your mind, Auckland just doesn’t stop! We’re just as excited as you are for this weekend—not only ‘cause Sunday is the best day of the year, but because so many stunning events are on!

There are so many more hours between stuffing your face with Christmas treats—go fill ‘em with this weekend’s Auckland must-dos:

All Weekend

Christmas Lights | Western Springs

Lights! Christmas! Activities! It’s all go at MOTAT this weekend as they chuck on their Christmas lights and pop on their Santa hats. Polar Express is on as an outdoor movie, and there will be Santa’s grotto and carolers—enjoy it all for just a  $2 coin! Plus, all proceeds will go to gifts for Auckland Women’s Refuge and Auckland City Mission so people in need can have a sparkling Christmas too.

Where: MOTAT
When: 8pm, 22 – 24 Dec
For more information click here

We May Have To Choose | Basement Theatre

“Farting breaks the ice, dancing fills your body with happy chemicals…” says Emma Hall as part of this show in the Auckland Fringe Festival. This solo poetic study presents to you 621 opinions in 45 minutes, in a quest to decipher the questions of our world. It’s witty and moving—you won’t want to miss it.

Where: Basement Theatre
When: 21 – 25 December
For more information click here 

OOB Orchard Shop Opening | Omaha

Summer isn’t complete without the amazing fruit that comes with it! OOB is providing the goods, with fresh blueberry punnets straight from their orchard and of course their delightful array of ice creams sold by the cone or the tub to take home—or both! There’s also lots of orchard trees to chill out under with a blueberry juice in hand.

Where: OOB Orchard Shop Omaha
When: 10am, 21 December– 24 February
For more information click here

Smith & Caughey’s Christmas Windows | Queen St

It’s your last chance to catch this Auckland Christmas tradition for another year! The Christmas window display at Smith & Caughey’s is back and better than ever before, displaying the story of a big bear and his friends as they attempt to check off everyone’s Christmas wishlists by Christmas. A group of international designers spend 312 days of the year making these handmade displays for our delight—catch ‘em before they go!

Where: Smith & Caughey’s Queen Street
When: 21 – 25 December
For more information click here

Thursday 22 December

Christmas Gift Fair | Henderson

Habitat for Humanity’s—a not-for-profit organization that provides housing for families in need—REstore shop is hosting a Christmas Gift Fair! With both new and pre-loved items, you can find your last-minute gifts here. Do good with your weekend, as revenue from the store goes toward building new houses for global villages.

Where: Henderson REstore
When: 9am, 22 December
For more information click here 

Aperitivo With Sweetpants | Ponsonby

Unlimited aperitivo finger-food?! Yes. Please. This beloved Italian tradition is coming to Ponsonby Road! It's traditionally a pre-dinner drink accompanied by nibbles to ‘open’ the palate. With DJ Murry Sweetpants on the decks, socialize and relax in a cool Italian setting.

Where: Farina Ponsonby
When: 5pm, 22 December
For more information click here

Friday 23 December

Lunchtime Fitness Class | Auckland CBD

Ring in New Year with a last kick to that #summerbod. It's time to get the heart rate going right before you eat-til-you-can’t-anymore at this FREE fitness class at Imagine Fitness. Suitable for all fitness levels and perfect to fit into your lunch hour!

Where: Imagine Fitness Personal Training
When: 12:30pm, 23 December
For more information click here

Handmade Christmas Market At Welcome Eatery | Grafton

One of our fave cafes is giving us another one of our faves—a market! Ceramics, flowers, accessories, clothing and of course, food! There’s a whitebait fritter stall and coffee to kick off your morning for some last-minute Christmas market shopping! Bring a couple food cans, as they’re collecting for the Auckland City Mission, too!

Where: Welcome Eatery
When: 8am, 23 December
For more information click here

Limelight Cabaret Drag Queen Xmas Show | Auckland CBD

With Auckland’s best drag queens coming out for a stellar performance, from the likes of Lola Blades and Anita Wigl’it, this is one night you won’t forget. Aptly Christmas themed, there are tickets that include dinner and dessert, or a show-only ticket to feast your eyes on the talent.

Where: Dominion Rd, Auckland CBD
When: 6:30pm, 23 – 24 Dec
For more information click here

People’s Choice Silo Cinema | Silo Park

Our fave outdoor cinema is back for one last time this year! As chosen by the people, this Friday it’s all about getting you into the Christmas spirit with Home Alone. It’ll be your last chance to visit the Auckland City Mission Christmas Tree Forest that supports those in need. There are also stalls galore—you can even get a cup of eggnog!

Where: Silo Park
When: 5pm, 23 December
For more information click here

Saturday 24 December

We Are Stars Stardome | Royal Oak

Where did we come from? Where did everything come from?! Both very pressing questions—don’t let them keep you up at night any longer­­­, and go to this special showing at Stardome! It’ll take you on an adventure through time and space to answer these, and many more questions, with a special soundtrack from New Zealand composer Rhian Sheehan.

Where: Stardome Observatory & Planetarium
When: 4pm, 24 December
For more information click here

Christmas Celebration Retreat | Titirangi

2016 has been a rollercoaster of a year—you deserve a break! Running from the 24 to 27 December, this Silent Retreat is all about meditation and relaxation. There are lavender oil baths, yoga areas, a spiritual library and organic, vegetarian buffet-food all day long to get you ready for 2017.

Where: Balanced Living Centre, Titirangi
When: 24 – 27 December
For more information click here

Sunday 25 December

Christmas Day Feasting

Don’t feel like cooking this year? Check out 9 Places To Lunch On Christmas Day in Auckland!

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Image credit: MOTAT

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