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Published November 13th 2019
Save the dates for these great December events
From Christmas events to family-friendly concerts, festivals to workshops, theatre shows to classes, the list below will be jam-packed with entertainment for all interests and ages to enjoy this December.
Save the dates and enjoy free & ticketed events that will be happening across Auckland and surrounds.
1. Christmas Carols on the Green
When: Sunday, 1 December 2019: 5pm-7pm Where: Vallenoweth Green, Cnr The Parade & Tamaki Drive, St Heliers Cost: Free Details: This family-friendly Christmas event will showcase carol singing, stage entertainment, face painting, food stalls, activities, performances, and more. Click here for the website.
2. General Collective Lifestyle & Design Market When: Sunday, 1 December 2019: 9:00am-4:00pm Where: ASB Showgrounds, 217 Green Lane West, Epsom
Cost: $5pp Details: These markets will showcase a spectacular lineup of 300 handpicked markers, creatives, and designers from across New Zealand, selling lifestyle products, designer homewares, contemporary art, fashion, handmade toys, and more. There will also be food stalls, family-friendly activities, face painting, kid's workshops, LEGO Stations, and entertainment. Click here for the website.
Where: Devonport Community House, 32 Clarence Street, Devonport
Details: These Christmas markets will showcase a wide range of stalls selling eco-friendly and sustainable goods, products that help free men, women, and children from slavery, poverty, sexual exploitation, as well as helping provide employment, health care, and education for those in need. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Devonport Ethical Christmas Market Facebook
4. City Mission Christmas Fundraising Concert
When: Sunday, 1 December 2019: 3:00pm–9:00pm
Where: The Thirsty Dog, 469 Karangahape Rd, Newton
Details: This Christmas charity fundraiser concert will feature entertainment and an exceptional lineup of musicians, including FATTCOX & The Hooting Rooster, Fiona Cosgrove Music & The Holy Pocket, The Fabulous Murray Brothers, TexasStorm, and Black Dog & Fatt. All proceeds will be donated to the City Mission. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Auckland Blues Music Club Facebook
5. Auckland Eastern Market
When: Sunday, 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 December 2019: 7am-1pm
Where: Auckland Netball Centre, 7 Allison Ferguson Drive, St Johns
Details: These markets will showcase good quality fruit & vegetables, a large variety of stalls selling bric-a-brac, household goods, house & garden plants, new & used clothing, and more. Click here for the website.
6. Santa's Magical Grotto
When: Sunday, 1-22 December 2019
Where: Rainbow's End, 2 Clist Crescent, Manukau City
Cost: See website.
Details: This family-friendly Christmas event will showcase Christmas festivities, entertainment, Kidz Kingdom, walk-through Santa's grotto where you can meet Santa and visit his sleigh in the snow, photographer on-site, and more. Click here for the website.
7. The Santa Claus Show
When: Monday, 2-21 December 2019: 10:30am–11:35am
Where: The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna
Cost: See website.
Details: This family-friendly Christmas show is about Kelly and Alana who are best friends and decide to write to Santa Claus. But Kelly sends the longest list of things that a child wants for Christmas but Santa has ever seen. Santa flies Kelly to the North Pole so she can learn for herself the true meaning of Christmas. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Tim Bray Theatre Company Facebook
8. Rob Whittaker- Up Close & Personal
When: Monday, 2 December 2019: 6:30pm–10:00pm
Where: Bruce Mason Centre, Cnr Hurstmere Rd & The Promenade, Takapuna
Details: Robert Whittaker is the UFC Middleweight #1 Contender, and his regarded as one of the premier athletes of his time. This event will give you the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with Rob as he discusses his approach to the Octagon, his recent clashes and the personal journey that has led him to become one of the world's most respected mixed martial artists. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from QPAC Facebook
9. Wine Cheese & Astronomy
When: Tuesday, 3 December 2019: 8:00pm–9:00pm
Where: Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, 670 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill Domain, Royal Oak
Details: This event will showcase learning about the planets, stars, and constellations visible in the night sky. It will also include Night Sky Show that will include a glass of wine (or beer), and cheese platters. Click here for the website.
10. Xmas Comedy Showcase
When: Thursday, 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 20 & 21 December: 7:45pm-10pm
Where: The Classic Comedy Club, 321 Queen St, Auckland
Details: This Show will be sprinkled with Christmas cheer and entertainment featuring favourite Kiwi comedians. There will be 4-5 pro-comedians performing for 15-20 minutes, play a guest host. Click here for the website.
When: Thursday, 5, 12 & 19 December 2019: 8pm-1am
Where: twentyone, Level 3, SkyCity, Cnr Victoria & Federal Streets, Auckland
Details: This event will be inspired by the 1920s era of Gatsby, and will feature a high energy modern swing band, DJ Karn Hall, and saxophonist Callum Passells as well as the Gatsby Dancers. Click here for the website.
12. Christmas Party: Dining in the Dark
When: Thursday,5-21 December 2019: 6:30pm-10pm
Where: Rydges Hotel, 59 Federal St Cnr Kingston Street, Auckland
Cost: Tickets range from $74-$131pp
Details: This Christmas Party event will feature an unforgettable experience dining in the dark. This is the only sensory, social, and human experience in the world by eating in complete darkness, guided and served by low vision or blind people. Surprise your senses and celebrate Christmas in a unique way! Click here for the website.
13. Faulty Towers - Dinner Theatre at its Best
When: Friday, 6 & 14 December 2019: 7:30pm-11:55pm
Where: Red Shed Palazzo, 16 Jesmond Rd, Drury, Auckland
Where: Red Shed Palazzo, 16 Jesmond Rd, Drury, Auckland
Details: This event will feature an evening of mayhem and chaoses as well as leaving you to think that maybe your own relationships are not that bad after all. Basil, Sybil, and Manuel will showcase a side-splitting humour as well as showcasing riveting dance moves, quirky, cheeky and just plain fun conservations. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Faulty Towers Dinner Theatre Facebook
14. Summer Roller Discos
When: Friday, 6 & 13 December 2019: 8pm-10pm
Where: Active Zone Indoor Arena, 30 Downing Street, Glenfield
Details: This event will showcase an evening of disco classics, skating, prizes to be won, entertainment, and more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from ActivZone Indoor Sports Arena Facebook
15. Food Truck Fridays
When: Friday, 6, 13 & 20 December 2019: 11:30am-2:30pm
Where: Takutai Square, Cnr Gore & Tyler Streets, Britomart
Details: This foodies event will showcase a wide range selection of Auckland's best food vendors, including Latin delights, Fried Chicken, burgers, tacos, sweet treats, and more. There will also be a local DJ and chilled tunes. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Auckland Food Truck Collective Facebook
16. The Panmure Christmas Street Party
When: Saturday, 7 December 2019 11:00am 2:00pm
Where: Queens Rd, Panmure
Details: This Christmas street party event will feature Christmas festivities, entertainment, activities, workshops, roving performers, animal cycles, train rides, food stalls, photo opportunities with Santa, and more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Panmure Business Association Facebook
17. Classy Crafts Market
When: Saturday, 7, 14, & 21 December 2019: 9am-1pm
Where: All Saints' Community Centre, 30 Cook St, Howick
Details: These markets will showcase quality New Zealand craft, homewares, photography, art & craft, jewellery, Kiwiana, children's clothing, dolls, gifts, and more. Click here for the website.
18. Westbrook's Christmas Vintner's Feast
When: Saturday, 7 December 2019: 1pm-4pm
Where: West Brook Winery, 215 Ararimu Road, Kumeu
Details: This scrumptious Christmas event will feature a delicious wine-matched feast, wine on arrival, canapés to start, cheeseboard, guided wine-tasting of 6 current-release wines, and more. Click here for the website.
19. The Original Gypsy Fair
When: Saturday, 7 & 8 December 2019" 9am-5pm
Where: Craigavon Park, 85 Connaught St, Green Bay, Auckland
Details: This fair will showcase gorgeous market stalls, entertainment, circus acts, displays, face painting, unique obstacle bounce, prizes to be won at the Shooting Gallery, displays, performances, and more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from The Original Gypsy Fair Facebook
20. That 90's Band
When: Friday, 13 December 2019: 7:30pm–11:50pm
Where: Galatos, 17 Galatos St, Newton, Auckland
Details: Rewind to the nostalgic 90s, and enjoy this cool 6-piece band as they perform high energy 90s Pop, Punk, Rock, Indie, Britpop, Grunge, and R&B. Click here for the website.
21. Impact Pro Wrestling: Nightmare Before Christmas
When: Saturday, 14 December 2019: 6:30pm–9:30pm
Where: ABA Stadium, 1 Ngahura Street, Eden Terrace, Auckland
Cost: Adults: $25pp, Children: $10pp & Family Pass: $55 per family
Details: Live for the very time from the ABA Boxing Stadium, this event will feature New Zealand Women's Champion Kellyanne, Jamie Tagataese, Kingi, Jake Shehaan, Vinny Dunn, Will Stone, Alex Savage, Candy Lee, and many more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Impact Pro Wrestling New Zealand Facebook
22. Christmas Wonder Park 2019
When: Saturday, 14 December 2019: 3:30pm–9:30pm
Where: Barry Curtis Park, 163 Chapel Road, Flat Bush, Auckland
Details: There will plenty of family-friendly Christmas festivities, entertainment, performances, food stalls & trucks, activities, special 'Christmas Walk-Through', lucky draw prizes to be won, door gifts, and more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Christmas Wonder Park Facebook
23. Te Atatu Peninsula Artisan & Handmade Market
When: Saturday, 14 December 2019: 10:00am–2:00pm
Where: Te Atatu Peninsula Library, 595 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula
Details: These markets will showcase different artisans, craftspeople, and local small businesses who will be selling a range of artisan and handmade products, including hospice crafts, bath & beauty products, gifts, and more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Te Atatu Peninsula Artisan & Handmade Market Facebook
24. Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park
When: Saturday, 14 December 2019: 7:30pm–10:05pm
Where: Auckland Domain, Domain Dr, Grafton
Details: There will be plenty of family-friendly entertainment, Christmas festivities, the country's top singers, dancers, and musicians, performances, and more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Coca-Cola New Zealand Facebook
25. Field Jam Festival
When: Saturday, 14 December 2019: 3:00pm–9:00pm
Where: Don Buck Field, 488a Don Buck Road, Massey, Massey West
Details: Celebrate the arrival of summer at this festival with entertainment, BYO Picnic & drinks, performances, live original music, and more. Click here for the website.
26. Crystal Visions Holistic Market
When: Saturday, 14 December 2019: 10am-3pm
Where: Pakuranga Community Hall, 346 Pakuranga Rd, Pakuranga
Details: These markets will showcase crystals, incense, jewellery, gifts, clairvoyant and mediumship readings, tarot readings, akashic readings, hand palmistry readings, numerology, life coach lessons, and more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Crystal Visions Holistic & Wellness Market Facebook
27. Kids Christmas Art and Craft Holiday Workshop
When: Thursday, 19 & 20 December 2019: 9am-4pm
Where: Selwyn Community Education, 203 Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama
Cost: $148pp – includes all materials.
Details: This workshop is suited for children aged 6-12yrs and it will feature two fun-filled days of Christmas art & craft, learning how to create a collection of Christmas decorations, cards, and ornaments. Click here for the website.
28. Cooking Class - Christmas Seafood Celebration Surf n Turf
When: Friday, 20 December 2019: 6:00pm–9:00pm
Where: Auckland Seafood School, 23-32 Jellicoe St, Freemans Bay
Details: This class will celebrate the festive season with a surf n turf, seasonal produce, bubbles, Babich wines, and Bach Brewery Company Craft Beer, as well as learning how to cook 2 delicious recipes and then enjoy the flavours you created. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from View Photo Auckland Fish Market & Seafood School Facebook
29. Festive Feast Food Trucks
When: Friday, 20 December 2019: 5:00pm–9:00pm
Where: Greenhithe Village Hall, 7 Greenhithe Road, Greenhithe
Details: This special Festive market will showcase artisan gifts, best street food & food trucks in Auckland, including Jo Bros, Amaranto, Hapunan, The Hungry Swine, Ice Cream Social NZ, Deputy Donuts, Bojemian Cider, and more. There will also be a visit from Santa. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Love Street Food Auckland Facebook
30. NZ Made Christmas Shopping Evening
When: Saturday, 21 December 2019: 6:00pm–9:00pm
Where: Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 487 Dominion Rd, Balmoral
Details: There will be a colourful and quirky community of artists and designers, who will be showcasing their creations, contemporary and vintage, handmade goods, artworks, and more. There will also be food stalls, opportunities to chat with the makers, and coffee. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Crafternoon Tea Markets Facebook
31. AUM New Year's Eve 2019
When: Monday, 30 December 2019-2 January 2020
Where: Leightons Farm 320 Wilson Road, Parakai, Auckland
Cost: Tickets range from Free- $259pp
Details: Celebrate New Year's Eve with this family-friendly event that will showcase family camping, music, arts, entertainment, performances, demonstrations, workshops, activities, shows, live bands, acts, and more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from AUM New Years Eve Festival ॐ Facebook
32. Auckland New Year's Eve Sunset Cruise
When: Tuesday, 31 December 2019: 8:30pm-1am
Where: Amada Cruises "Olympic Spirit", Dock 3, Auckland Ferry Terminal, Auckland
Details: This New Year's Eve Cruise event will showcase a wonderful night to remember with entertainment, beautiful scenic views of Auckland's harbour, a glass of bubbles on arrival, light finger food on arrival, buffet supper, professional DJ entertainment, complimentary tea & coffee, countdown and more. Click here for the website.
33. Highlife NYE Festival
When: Tuesday, 31 December 2019: 3:00pm–1:00am
Where: Ascension Wine Estate, 480 Matakana Rd, Matakana
Cost: Tickets range from $105-$250pp
Details: Celebrate NYE with a massive lineup of entertainment featuring international and local live acts, DJs, dancers, roving performers, performances, shows, gourmet food, craft beverages, firework displays, and more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Highlife Entertainment Facebook
34. Father and Son Band
When: Tuesday, 31 December 2019: From 8:00pm
Where: Huapai Tavern, 301 SH16, Huapai
Details: This Concert will showcase classic rock songs as well as modern top 40 pop-rock performance by the Father and Son Band. Click here for the website.