Christmas is near and in order to spread festive cheer, we’ve discovered the ultimate Christmas plans around town. With the return of most events after two years, we all deserve to get in the celebratory mood. Here’s 11 best things to do this Christmas 2022 around Auckland.
1. Christmas in Te Komititanga
Expect 25 different acts on an open-air Christmas pavilion, large decorations to admire and more entertainment in the square from November 25 until Christmas Eve. Plus, plenty of festive drag queens, circus acts and elves will be roaming around to put a smile on your face. This event is organised by Auckland Council and Heart of the City.
📍Te Komititanga Square, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010
On November 27, kickstart the Christmas season at this delightful parade filled with floats, marching bands, entertainers and Santa Clause himself. The parade begins at the corner of Cook Street followed by a Santa party in Aotea Square afterward with activities, rides and much more.
On December 10, everyone’s favourite free Christmas party returns to Auckland Domain. Expect the likes of Ella Monnery, Lavina Williams, Gibz, dance groups and plenty more performers bringing all the entertainment.
📍Park Road, Grafton, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Create wonderful memories at Santa’s Enchanted Forest at Smith & Caughey’s by snapping some pictures with Santa and meeting the elves. Tickets begin at $24. Book your family meet with Santa here.
📍253/261 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010
Christmas begins at this shopping mall on November 21 with the 13-metre-long Santa’s Mail Machine opening, followed by plenty of activities, giveaways and joyous events. Think gift workshops, photo ops with Santa and Christmas Te Komititanga right outside the door.
📍7 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
📍Civic Theatre, 269-287 Wellesley Street West, Auckland 1010
Join Mrs. Clause on this one-of-a-kind sailing event aboard Ted Ashby. There’ll be goody bags for children, a scavenger hunt and photo ops with Mrs Clause. The sessions are on December 17 and 18. Tickets begin at $5. Get one here.
📍New Zealand Maritime Museum, Auckland
8. Christmas Displays
Expect a range of stunning Christmas decorations to pop up around the city. Especially, Queen Street offers a magical night stroll with glowing neon trees and department store windows boasting illuminating lights. Plus, Smith & Caughey’s Christmas Windows returns with a new theme, The Chaos Before Christmas, which is a Kiwi twist on the Sarina Dickson story.
Head to Te Komititanga square during the day to see the 6-metre-tall Christmas baubles, snap an instagrammable photo next to the glistening light forest on Federal Street or the star in Freyberg Place, to name a few.
9. Christmas Saturdays
Make your Christmas shopping in Auckland even more exciting every Saturday from December 3 as Queen Street will be popping with festive performances, immersive shopping experiences in places like Nike and even free sweet treats.
📍Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland
10. Christmas Desserts
Go on the ultimate foodie adventure to find the best desserts around town. From Christmas pudding to Banoffee pie…check out the best global Christmas desserts and where to find them in Auckland.
Alongside a range of food offerings, SkyCity is hosting a Christmas event for all the big kids with up to $170,000 to be won on the main casino floor. Certainly, the best Christmas present if you won a lumpsum.