It's officially December! Wowzers. A whole new month to get amongst the exciting activities that our city of sails has to offer. Auckland once again has a belter of a week lined up for us.
Slurp on noodles, get artsy with taxidermy, crack up at a comedy, listen to free tunes in Aotea Square and get your hands dirty at a free dumpling-making—and that's not all.
Let's have a peek at what Auckland has in store for us this week.
The night noodle markets
That’s right noodle lovers, it’s time to get your slurp on as Auckland’s favourite Night Noodle Markets are back. Prepare your senses as a fusion of Eastern flavours and neon lights will transform Victoria Park into the ultimate Asian pop-up market experience. Picture this, chomping on tasty Asian Fare, while sat soaking in the rays with a beer in hand—can’t get much better than that. Oh and if noodles aren't your thing, then never fear as you can still join in the fun as there will be plenty of options available.
Monday 2-Thursday 19 December
Under my Skin at the Allpress Gallery
The female-led taxidermy exhibition, The Art of Death, took over legendary gothic mansion Highwic in October and if you liked what you saw there, then you’ll love Karley Feaver’s new work Under My Skin. Using taxidermy, the journey of work explores intimacy, relationships, identity and behaviour and acknowledges the animalistic inheritance within humans. It’s extremely relatable as it covers pain, denial, trust, love and happiness. So, tap into your emotions and unleash your inner beast at this artsy event.
Tuesday 3 December
A Frickin Dangerous Space-mas
Step into space this weekend as Basement Theatre’s annual Christmas Show, A Frickin Dangerous Space-mas, is brought to life. Written by dynamic comedy trio Frickin Dangerous Bro (Pax Assadi, James Roque and Jamaine Ross) you’re guaranteed to be laughing your socks off all night long. It’s going to be out of this world—so sit back and watch as they try to perform a Christmas miracle and save humankind, with plenty of mascara mishaps along the way.
Wednesday 4 December
Carly Rae Jepsen: The Dedicated Tour
Meet Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen—it may be a little bit crazy, but you never know she may just call you, maybe. Jokes aside, party it up with the pop princess this hump day as she lights up Auckland Town Hall bringing her much-loved classics to life for her first-ever New Zealand tour. Get involved.
Thursday 5 December
Free dumpling making workshop
Imagine knowing how to make your own dumplings at home—dumplings every day of the week, winning! Now you can as the Ellen Melville Centre are hosting a dumpling cooking class and the best part is you get to dig into the little juicy morsels afterwards. Yum. The interactive class will not only teach you how to cook these bad boys, but also teach you about some of the health and wellbeing benefits behind the ingredients along with making a herbal tea to wash it all down with afterwards.
Summer in the Square
Summer is well and truly here, which means more outside based events like Summer in the Square. Auckland Live’s three-week festival is back, bringing Aotea Square to life with heaps of fun live music events and film screenings of your fave movies. Film buffs can enjoy a range of movies and documentaries from New Zealand International Film Festival, DocEdge and Show Me Shorts while music lovers can enjoy a spread of live performances from local and international acts. Chill out on a deck chair and embrace those summer vibes. Oh and the best part is, it’s all free. Get amongst the fun.
Christmas Markets at Victoria Park
Santa is coming! If you haven’t already jumped on the Christmas bandwagon, then now’s your chance at the Victoria Park Xmas Markets. The European style markets spread Christmas cheer with festive lighting, plenty of yummy food trucks, craft stalls, and heaps of festive performances. Pay a visit to Santa’s grotto and watch as his little helpers are hard at work creating presents to go under your tree. You never know, if you’re good you may just make it onto the nice list.
Keen to get into the Christmas spirit? Find the best Christmas lights in town here.
Image credit: Karley Feaver