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Published November 21st 2018
Fantastic December events for all ages, budgets & interests
December will be jam-packed with fun and entertaining events for all.

The list below features free & ticketed Events across Auckland and surrounds:

1. New Zealand Flower & Garden Show
When: 28 November 2018-2 December 2018: 10am-6pm
Where: The Trusts Arena, 65-67 Central Park Drive, Henderson
Cost: Weekday Adult: $30pp, Weekend Adult: $33pp, Weekday Senior: $28pp, Weekend Senior: $30pp & Children under 12yrs: Free
Details: This show will showcase award-winning garden exhibits, feature floral art installations, displays, competitions, Yates Community Gardening Zone, food demonstrations, meet experts, art & sculpture showcases, food and drink stalls, and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from NZ Flower and Garden Show Facebook


2. Manurewa Annual Santa Parade
When: 1 December 2018: 10am-12pm
Where: Manurewa Town Centre, 185 Great South Rd, Manurewa
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly Christmas event will include a celebration and community gathering with entertainment, creativity, showcases of artistic talent, cultural experiences, floats, marching bands and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Manurewa Christmas Parade Facebook


3. Christmas at Sunkist
When: 1 December 2018: 1pm-8:30pm
Where: Sunkist Bay Reserve, 62 Wakelin Rd, Beachlands
Cost: Free
Details: This Christmas event will feature family-friendly entertainment, Santa parade, country fair, talent shows, bouncy castle, demonstrations, activities, food stalls, Christmas concert and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from ChristmasSunkist 1 December 2018 2 pm Start Facebook


4. Te Atatu Peninsula Christmas Parade and Fun Day
When: 1 December 2018: 9am-2pm
Where: Te Atatu Peninsula Community Centre, 595 Te Atatu Rd, Te Atatu Peninsula
Cost: Free
Details: This Christmas event will feature a lineup of non-stop family-friendly entertainment, activities, Christmas parade, activities, food stalls, amusement and carnival rides and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Te Atatu Peninsula Christmas Parade And Fun Day Facebook


5. Sweetpea & Flower Show
When: 1 December 2018: 10am-3pm
Where: Auckland Horticultural Centre, 990 Great North Rd, Western Springs
Cost: Free
Details: This show will showcase all things flowers and plants, Devonshire Tea, activities, displays & exhibits, talks, demonstrations, as well as several schools who will be competing this year to support and encourage young gardeners. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from New Zealand Gardens Trust Facebook


6. Christmas Pop & Rock Vinyl Record Sale
When: 1 December 2018: 9am-3pm
Where: St Anne's Hall, Cnr Glencoe & Beach Roads, Browns Bay
Cost: Free
Details: This event will feature a massive pop and rock vinyl sale with thousands of records on sale including Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, Dire Straits, Bob Segar, Bruce Springsteen, Simon and Garfunkel, Lou Reed, Dolly Parton and much more. There will also be Jazz, Blues, Rock, Folk, Country, Metal, Pop, Classical, Comedy and more. Click here for the website.

7. AdventureXpo
When: 1 & 2 December 2018: 1st: 9am-5pm & 2nd: 9am-4pm
Where: The Cloud, Queens Wharf, Auckland
Cost: Adults: $10pp & Family Pass: $20
Details: This Expo will feature all things adventure and action sports. The Cloud will be divided into four sections: wind, water, wheels and mountains with showcases of displays, exhibits, stalls, pop-ups and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from adventureXpo Facebook


8. Antique & Collectors Fair
When: 1 & 2 December 2018: From 10am
Where: Kumeu Community Hall, 35 Access Rd, Kumeu
Cost: $2pp – admission valid for two days.
Details: This Fair will showcase quality antiques, collectables, furniture, vintage tools, china, linen, crystal, art, glass, silver, clocks, books, jewellery, and much more. Click here for the website.

9. I love Takapuna Christmas Carnival
When: 1 December 2018: 11am-3pm
Where: Hurstmere Green, Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly Carnival will showcase Christmas festivities, entertainment, activities, shows, displays, roving characters, roaming performers, performances, food trucks & food stalls, market stalls, bouncy castle, giant games & puzzles, face painting, visit from Santa, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from I Love Takapuna Facebook


10. Pukekohe Christmas Parade
When: 2 December 2018: From 2pm
Where: Pukekohe Town Square, King St, Pukekohe
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly Christmas event will feature entertainment, cash prizes, floats, marching bands, characters and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Pukekohe Christmas Parade Facebook


11. Ellerslie Santa Parade
When: 2 December 2018: 11am-12pm
Where: Ellerslie Village Main Hwy, Ellerslie
Cost: Free
Details: This Christmas family-friendly event will feature the iconic Christmas event in Ellerslie with entertainment, floats, walking groups, marching bands, music and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Ellerslie Village Facebook


12. Devonport Lions Santa Parade & Christmas Festival
When: 2 December 2018: 11am-3pm
Where: Windsor Reserve, King Edward Pde, Devonport
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly Christmas festival will feature a lineup of non-stop entertainment, activities, demonstrations, displays, food stalls, Segway experiences, parade, Christmas festivities and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Devonport Peninsula Trust Facebook


13. Twilight Christmas Market
When: 2 December 2018: 4pm-8pm
Where: Muriwai Surf Club, Jack Butt Lane, Muriwai Beach
Cost: Free
Details: This Christmas market will feature around 40 stalls selling mostly local handmade art & craft with items including jewellery, candles, clothing, soaps, body products, books, prints, baking and more. The Markets will also feature live music entertainment and food trucks. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Surf Club at Muriwai Facebook


14. Devonport Ethical Market
When: 2 December 2018: 10am-3pm
Where: Devonport Community House, 32 Clarence St, Devonport
Cost: Free
Details: These markets are the place to buy goods that not only "do no harm" to the environment and people, but that also go the extra step in doing something good. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from David Allis Facebook


15. RT Auction
When: 5 December 2018: 11am-9pm
Where: Studio One Toi Tu, 1 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland
Cost: Free before 6pm or between $10-$25pp after 6pm
Details: This not for profit event will feature an art auction to help raise funds and increase awareness of critical life-saving services. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Studio One Toi Tū Facebook


16. Party on the Park
When: 6 & 7 December 2018: From 12pm
Where: Eden Park, Reimers Ave, Kingsland
Cost: $130pp
Details: This R18 event will include non-stop entertainment, 4 hour drinks package, lawn games, food stalls and more. Click here for the website.

17. Kumeu Rotary Christmas Parade
When: 7 December 2018: 7pm-8pm
Where: Main Rd Kumeu/Huapai, Kumeu
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly Christmas Event will showcase entertainment, roaming performers, floats, characters, dance & music groups, marching bands and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Kumeu Rotary Facebook


18. Christmas Market
When: 7 December 2018: 4:30pm-8:30pm
Where: St Heliers Church & Community Centre, 100 St Heliers Bay Rd, St Heliers
Cost: Free
Details: These Christmas markets will include stalls selling unique gifts, local and affordable goodies, decorations, art & craft, home baking, preserves, festive food, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from St Heliers Centre Facebook


19. Waiuku NZ Steel Christmas Parade
When: 8 December 2018: 11am-3pm
Where: Waiuku Town Centre, 40 Queen St, Waiuku
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly Christmas event will include entertainment, activities, kids carnival, photo opportunities with Santa, market stalls, parade featuring floats, dance & music groups, characters, marching bands and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Waiuku Business and Development Association Facebook


20. Blockhouse Bay Santa Parade
When: 8 December 2018: 9:30am-1:30pm
Where: Blockhouse Bay Rd, Blockhouse Bay
Cost: Free
Details: There will be non-stop festive family-friendly Christmas entertainment, performances, bouncy castle, face painting, clowns, performers, roving performers and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Blockhouse Bay Village Facebook


21. Alexandra Park Collectables Fair
When: 9 December 2018: 9am-2pm
Where: Alexandra Park Raceway, Greenlane Rd West, Epsom
Cost: $5pp
Details: This fair will showcase vintage, retro, antiques, collectables, Curios, furniture, jewellery, china, linen, stamps, glassware, coins, clothing, postcards, clocks, toys, dolls and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Vicki Mossong Facebook


22. The Pukekohe Onion Festival
When: 9 December 2018: 10am-4pm
Where: Pukekohe Town Square, King St, Pukekohe
Cost: Free
Details: This festival will be jam-packed with all things onions! There will be entertainment, demonstrations, celebrity appearances, workshops, stalls, pop-ups, shows, and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Pukekohe Onion Festival Facebook


23. A Very Coastie Christmas
When: 9 December 2018: 12:30pm-3pm
Where: Whangaparaoa Library, 9 Main St, Whangaparaoa
Cost: Free
Details: This Christmas event will include plenty of festive entertainment, live music zone, Santa photo opportunities, family-friendly activities, shows, acts, performances, food stalls, and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Whangaparaoa Community Hub Facebook


24. Impact Pro Wrestling: Nightmare before Christmas
When: 15 December 2018: 7pm-9pm
Where: Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 487 Dominion Rd, Balmoral
Cost: Front Row: $20pp, Adults: $15pp, Children: $7.50pp & Family (2 adults 2 kids): $40
Details: There will plenty of fun activities at this event! The match will encourage fans to bring whatever weapons they have at home for the wrestlers to use. From frying pans to Xbox consoles to the kitchen sink. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Impact Pro Wrestling New Zealand Facebook


25. Christmas Wonder Park
When: 15 December 2018: 12pm-6pm
Where: Barry Curtis Park, 163 Chapel Rd, Flat Bush
Cost: Free
Details: This Christmas event will showcase family-friendly festivities with entertainment, activities, performances, market stalls, international food stalls, games, special 'Christmas Walk-Through', prizes to be won and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Christmas Wonder Park Facebook


26. Christmas Carols
When: 15 December 2018: 5pm-6:30pm
Where: The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna
Cost: $5pp
Details: This family-friendly Christmas event will showcase entertainment, performances featuring everyone's favourite Christmas songs and carols as well as traditional carols and choral singing performances. Click here for the website.

27. Christmas Pop & Rock Vinyl Record Sale
When: 15 December 2018: 9am-1pm
Where: Red Beach Methodist Church, 76 Red Beach Rd, Red Beach
Cost: Free
Details: This Event will feature thousands of records including anything from Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, Dire Straits, Bog Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Simon & Garfunkel, Steely Dan, Lou Reed, Dolly Parton and much more. Click here for the website.

28. APO 4 Kids
When: 16 December 2018: 10am and 11:30am
Where: The Trusts Arena, 65-67 Central Park Drive, Henderson
Cost: Adults / Children: $15pp & Family Pass: $50
Details: This family-friendly Christmas event will include entertainment with friends from the favourite TV show, The Moe Show. Moe, Frank, Fern and Gilbert will be joining the orchestra along with presenter Kevin Keys to perform original music from Moe's Christmas, as well as some of the iconic silly season singalongs. Click here for the website.

29. Children's School Holiday Programme
When: 17- 20 December 2018: 9am-4pm
Where: Selwyn Community Education, 203 Kohimarama Rd, Kohimarama
Cost: See website
Details: This event will keep the little ones (6-14yrs) entertained throughout the Christmas school holidays with entertainment, activities, workshops, classes, art & crafts, yoga, birdwatching, courses and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Selwyn Community Education Facebook


30. A Very Merry Kiwimas
When: 17-22 December 2018
Where: The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna
Cost: See website.
Details: This Christmas event will include a Christmas show for the whole family to enjoy. Join Act One Productions in discovering what makes a Kiwi Christmas special. Is it the beach? The bach? Camping? Join the heroes as they go on a journey of self-discovery to figure out the true meaning of Christmas in New Zealand…how will Santa cope in the 30-degree heat of a New Zealand summer?! Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The PumpHouse Theatre Facebook


31. The Riverhead Christmas Festival
When: 22 December 2018: 11:30am-5pm
Where: The Boat House, cnr Queen & York Streets, Riverhead
Cost: Adults: $59pp, Children (5-12yrs): $25pp & Children under 5yrs: Free
Details: This family-friendly Christmas festival will include a lineup of Christmas festivities featuring entertainment, food from food stalls, activities and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Boat House - at The Riverhead Facebook


32. Christmas Day Buffet
When: 25 December 2018: 12pm-6pm
Where: The Bluestone Room, 9-11 Durham Lane, Auckland
Cost: $99pp
Details: There will be a specially crafted buffet menu, accompanied with a glass of Veuve du Vernay bubbles on arrival. The Buffet will feature charcuterie, antipasti, traditional roast turkey with stuffing, roast lamb, risotto, smoked salmon fish cakes, vegetarian options, Christmas pudding and other desserts. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Bluestone Room - Bar, Restaurant & Function Venue, Auckland Facebook


33. Christmas Day
When: 25 December 2018: 11:30am-10:30pm
Where: Rydges Hotel, 59 Federal St, Auckland
Cost: Adults: $139pp & Children (5-12yrs): $70pp
Details: This Christmas event will include a traditional Christmas feast with carvery, seafood selection, salads, sides, Christmas desserts, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The CUT Restaurant & Bar Facebook


34. Christmas Day Buffet at Novotel
When: 25 December 2018: 12pm & 6pm
Where: Novotel Ellerslie, 72-112 Green Lane East, Greenlane
Cost: Adults: $99pp, Children (5-12yrs): $55pp & Children under 4yrs: Free
Details: This Christmas Buffet will include sustainable seafood, steak cooked to order, carvery station, desserts, make-your-own ice-cream station, chocolate fountain and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Novotel Auckland Ellerslie Facebook


35. Christmas Day Lunch & Dinner with an Ocean View
When: 25 December 2018: 12:30pm-10:30pm
Where: Grand Mercure Auckland, 8 Customs St, Auckland
Cost: Adults: $120pp, Children (5-12yrs): $60pp & Children under 5yrs: Free
Details: This Christmas buffet will include all the trimmings festive feast with a fine selection of modern Christmas favourites including roast turkey, honey-glazed ham, baked fish, Taupo beef sirloin, raw bar, Christmas pudding and other Christmas desserts and more. Click here for the website.

36. Resolution NYE Festival
When: 30 December 2018- 2 January 2019
Where: Kumeu Showgrounds, Access Road, Kumeu
Cost: Day Pass: $90pp, 2 Full Festival Pass: $160pp, Early Bird Pass: $120pp & Children Pass: Free
Details: This event will feature a microcosm of celebration, inspiration and transformation with 4 days and 3 nights of a truly conscious Festival experience. There will be workshops, demonstrations, classes, day & night markets, inspiration zones, dance, meditation, bars, kids zone, ceremonies, cabaret and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from NZ Spirit Facebook


37. Wondergarden- New Year's Eve Festival
When: 31 December 2018: 2pm- 1am
Where: Silo Park, Cnr Beaumont & Jellicoe Streets, Auckland
Cost: Adult Earlybird: $75pp, Adult: $95pp, Children Earlybird: $25.90pp & Children: $45.90pp
Details: This NYE festival will showcase a lineup of non-stop entertainment, with music performances galore, activities, bars, food trucks, firework displays, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Wondergarden Facebook


38. Auckland Cup Day- The Ultimate Family Fun Day
When: 31 December 2018: 3pm-10:30pm
Where: Alexandra Park Raceway, Greelane Rd West, Epsom
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly NYE festival will include entertainment, kids activities, food trucks, firework displays, delicious buffet packages and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Alexandra Park Facebook
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When: 1-31 December 2018
Where: Auckland & surrounds
Cost: Free & Ticketed Events- See Above
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