Summertimes Events in Christchurch 2018/2019

Christchurch’s Summertime programme, organised by the City Council’s events team is the envy of other New Zealand cities and filled with events that have become annual favourites.

We’ve included some of the most popular events below so you can add them to your calendar. You can also RSVP to the Facebook events through the Summertimes FB page here.

City Sounds on Fridays, The Terrace

the Terrace Christchurch NZ

We’re bringing the good vibes over summer with City Sounds, from 12:00pm – 1.30pm most Fridays through the summer.

Come and see talented local musicians performing live in the central city most Friday lunchtimes.

City Sounds schedule:

Friday 14 December: Lil Chuck (blues/skiffle)
Friday 21 December: Kids in Town – Cathedral Choristers (Christmas special)
Friday 11 January: Katie Thompson (folk/pop/country)
Friday 18 January: Blues Professor (blues)
Friday 25 January: Dean Eggleston Duo (indie/folk)
Friday 1 February: Frankie Daly Duo (pop/jazz)
Friday 8 February: Lloyd and Doublet (blues/Americana)
Friday 15 February: Turner Sisters (pop, country, jazz & blues)

New Year’s Eve – welcome in 2019! North Hagley Park

New Year's Eve Christchurch 2019

The place to be this New Year’s Eve! The night will kick off with family entertainment from 6pm with Mullet Man, free activities, fairies and a special kids countdown at 8pm.

Then the party continues with DJ’s and live bands DJ Spinal, Deep Water Creek and Dillastrate, and don’t miss our headline act The Jordan Luck Band who will rock you into the New Year with a midnight fireworks display.

This is an alcohol free event and bags may be searched on entry.

Note that parking will not be available on the grass in Hagley Park – so make your plans to park elsewhere or find other modes of transport.

Deep South Lazy Sundays, Botanic Gardens

Sun 20 Jan 2019, 3:00pm–4:30pm 

Sun 27 Jan 2019, 3:00pm–4:30pm 

Sun 3 Feb 2019, 3:00pm–4:30pm 

Sun 10 Feb 2019, 3:00pm–4:30pm 

Sun 17 Feb 2019, 3:00pm–4:30pm 

lazy sundays chch

Put summer into your Sundays with free live music in the Botanic Gardens.

Bring a picnic, kick back and spend the end of your weekend relaxing on the lawn with good food, music and friends.

Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema, Arts Centre

Friday 25 and Saturday 26 January 2019

Friday 8 and Saturday 9 February 2019

Leighs Outdoor Cinema

The beloved summer tradition of Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema returns to the Arts Centre te Matatiki Toi Ora for another season.

Films for all ages will be screened on two dates each summer month in the picturesque North Quad – immersing cinemagoers in one of New Zealand’s landmark locations surrounded by stunning heritage buildings.

Child-friendly family films start at 5.30pm followed by grown-up movies at 8pm.

The movie line-up is announced two weeks in advance on the Arts Centre website.

Entry is by a gold coin donation, which goes towards the Arts Centre’s ongoing restoration programme.

As an independent charitable trust, the earthquake-damaged centre relies upon donations, gifts and sponsorship to complete the enormous heritage project.

Space is limited, so cinemagoers are advised to arrive early to secure a spot and avoid disappointment. (Or pre-book at $7.00 per person).

Food and drinks will be available to buy, but that note that alcohol is not permitted in the quadrangle.

Please bring something to sit on – rugs for the grassy areas, and chairs can be used on paved surfaces.

Deep South Kite Day, New Brighton Beach

Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 1 PM – 4 PM

Kite Day Christchurch 2019

Sun, sand, sea and kites! Pack a picnic, grab a kite and enjoy a great day out at the beach. Join in the beach dig, try some fun beach sports with Sport Canterbury and watch the kites soar on the sea breeze.

Remember to be sun smart and slip, slop, slap and wrap!

Night Noodle Markets, Hagley Park

February 6, 2019 – February 17, 2019

night noodle markets

Get excited noodle lovers because the ever popular Night Noodle Markets is returning to Christchurch for an extended 12 Nights in 2019!

We’re kicking off on Waitangi Day at North Hagley Park and this year, the markets coincide with the UB40 concert and the much-loved Sparks event.

So, prepare your senses as a fusion of Eastern flavours and Chinese lanterns will transform North Hagley Park into the ultimate Asian pop-up market experience!

Sparks in the Park, Hagley Park

Saturday, February 16, 2019  7:30 PM – 10 PM

sparks in the park christchurch 2019

A Christchurch tradition! Get the family together and enjoy one of the city’s most iconic fireworks events. Featuring the spectacular Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the programme will range from traditional classics to modern day favourites and a few surprises in between.

Sparks pre-show entertainment starts from 6pm. Pack a picnic or grab dinner from one of the food trucks at the event, plus the Night Noodle Markets will be open from 1pm on the day.

If wet, Sparks will be postponed to Sunday 17 February in North Hagley Park.

Christchurch Holi – Festival of Colours

Saturday February 2, 10am – 4pm, Hagley Park

christchurch holi festival

Holi is all about celebrating the people of New Zealand. Cultural-fusion performances will showcase the many different cultures in our community, joining together for one big party. Entry to this festival is free*! Watch this space for exciting updates and the new theme for 2019.

Holi is a day to forget your worries and connect with family and friends. Throw colours and dance to music from various DJs. Enjoy traditional Indian games, cultural performances and festive Holi delicacies.

This traditional Indian holiday originates from folk stories, passed down through generations. Each region in India celebrates in its own way but Holi is widely recognised as a day to forgive, look ahead and celebrate with colours as a community.

Tips for the day: 
Wear old clothes as the colour may not wash out.
Wear comfortable flat shoes that you don’t mind getting stained.
Bring cash to buy colour and enjoy delicious Holi food.
Parking is limited so plan your trip before the day.
*Please do not bring your own colours. Our colours are corn-flour based, non-toxic and cosmetic grade. They are safe for children and adults.

Entry to this festival is free* and Holi is strictly an alcohol and drug free event!

Nostalgia Festival 2019, Ferrymead Heritage Park

Saturday, February 16, 2019, 12:30 PM – 8 PM

nostalgia festival ferrymead 2019

Nostalgia Festival is unique summer experience held within the 1900s replica township of Ferrymead Heritage Park.

Nestled in the heart of Heathcote Valley, Nostalgia unites the community through the magic of music, showcasing a curated selection of feel-good New Zealand and international artists. Wind through the vintage festival streets to discover incredible local food, craft drinks, roving theatre, markets and more.

Find out more and buy tickets from the Nostalgia website.

 

Christmas 2018 in Christchurch

It’s that time of year again when not only are Christchurch locals gearing up for the season of festivities, but also when we have lots of visitors coming to the city for their summer holidays.

So if you are not used to having Christmas in the summertime, you might be curious to know what events are on around Christchurch over the next month or so. And if you are used to a Southern Hemisphere Christmas, you are also likely looking for where you can shop and get truly into the festive spirit.

Santa Parades in the region

santa parade chch

Highlights around the city include the Annual Santa Parades in Christchurch, New Brighton and Rangiora – the dates range from December 2nd to December 9th, so get right on top of this one! For the first time in many years (since the quakes) the Christchurch parade will be back in the city centre, so don’t miss it.

Light Displays

The annual Christmas Lightshow put on by a local couple with a lot of energy and commitment to making each year’s display bigger and better than the year before is another highlight – along with the many suburbs which also like to get dressed up with Christmas lights for visitors to enjoy.

Christmas lightshow Christchurch

The Christmas lights list has just gone live for 2018 so check back as more streets are added – and add your own if you have made an effort this year and want some visitors!

Carols by Candlelight, Christmas Eve 2018

carols by candlelight

Perhaps one of the most Christmassy events of all, to really get you in the spirit (and away from the shopping malls!) is the annual YMCA Carols by Candlelight, which this year will be back in beautiful Victoria Square – again, the first time in many years it has been back in the central city. This is truly a special evening and a beautiful one to bring the children along to.

Christmas Markets

tannery xmas market

There are a multitude of special Christmas markets happening over the next month – once again giving you the chance to buy locally made products to make your Christmas a little more special and individually tailored, while at the same time supporting small local businesses.

Check out the Night Markets at Ferrymead, the Christmas Makete in the Arts Centre, and the Tannery Christmas Market just to get you started!

Christmas Village, 6-8 December

For the first time this year, Ferrymead and Plunket are working together to create a special Christmas themed experience for families, including their very own version of the Polar Express!

You can buy tickets online for the Ferrymead Christmas Village and find out more information.

Ferrymead Christmas Village

 

What’s New on the Streets of Christchurch?

Electric Scooters (download the iOS app here)

lime scooters chch nz

Over the next three months, anyone moving around Christchurch will have the chance to pick up an electric scooter from Lime and use it to ride to their next destination.

The location of individual scooter is easy to find on the Lime app, and once you have used the scooter you can take a photo of it at the location you have parked and upload back to the app again, ready for the next user. there are hundreds of scooters all over the city during the trial, so look out for them and enjoy a trying a different way to get around the city for a change! They are for use on footpaths only at this stage, so keep a good eye out for pedestrians and ride safely.

Giant Video Games

space raiders arcade game chch
Space Raiders arcade game High Street Christchurch

One of many awesome Gapfiller initiatives around the central city, the Street Arcade on the corner of High Street and Tuam Street (just across the street from Little High Eatery) has been a highlight for many visitors to the city – and locals alike. For a totally unique experience, head on down for a game with a friend or two – use the human size controllers to play a game of Space Raiders, inspired by the original Space Invaders video arcade game.

Gapfiller say this installation won’t be here for ever, so make sure you get down to High Street and try it out – you won’t regret it!

Kahikatea Common

One of the very newest space filler initiatives to open in the city is Kahikatea Common, part of the South Frame and located between the one way streets of Durham and Montreal. The site includes a roofed area, a community pizza oven available for anyone to use, and a Monarch butterfly hatchery.

Creators of this space hope it will encourage groups to use the area and that the community in general will find it somewhere they can connect with others in the central city. And of course, visitors to the city are most welcome!

Kahikatea Common Christchurch
Kahikatea Common Christchurch

Good Spot car parking

good spot carparking chch

If you are planning to drive into the CBD, you might want to try out a different sort of car parking for your visit. You can of course use any of the brand new parking buildings, or you can support the “good sort” car parks run by the Gapfiller team which has their own volunteer parking attendants happy to hold an umbrella while you pay for your parking, always has a happy greeting to share, and you also know that your parking fees go directly towards supporting community group initiatives.

You can find the two car parks right here (set your GPS):

GOOD SPOT Bedford – 107 Lichfield St, Christchurch
GOOD SPOT Civic – 192 Gloucester St, Christchurch