Christmas in the Quarters
Saturdays 25 Nov – 16 Dec | 12pm-5pm
Christmas in the Quarters celebrates Christmas with four themes, at four events, in four different quarters of the city. Each Saturday will be different, there’ll be Christmas carols and music, crafts, circus acts, and Saturday 16 December will be full of whānau friendly activities and a guest appearance from Santa! More information coming soon.
On a Good Day
30 Nov – 2 Dec
Following the success of last summer’s Fat Boy Slim show, a three-night series kicks-off with internationally acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy, the following night stars indie-rock band The War On Drugs, with the final night’s act Australian singer-songwriter Matt Corby joined by American R&B/soul singer-songwriter Allen Stone.
Nanogirl Live 2023! Little Bang Big Bang
St James Theatre
This interactive show gives lots of opportunities for young scientists to step on stage, collaborate with Nanogirl, and put science to the test. The performance is surprising, filled with mind-bending science like you have never seen them before. It’s guaranteed to be both entertaining and educational for the whole family.
The Teskey Brothers - The Winding Way Tour
9 – 10 December
Michael Fowler Centre
ARIA Award winners and GRAMMY® nominees The Teskey Brothers have announced The Winding Way Tour. The Australian band will be performing at their biggest international venues to date — including Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre.
Toi 500 – Toi Pōneke Arts Centre residents’ exhibition
13 – 21 December
Toi Pōneke Arts Centre
Toi 500 annual residents’ exhibition is a chance for audiences to grab an art bargain with works $500 or under. Works presented by Anthea Hayley, David Brown, Franzeska Pound, Jane Hyder, Kedron Parker, Laura Woodward, Maria Colls, Odette Anscombe-Smith, Rebecca Mooney, Selene Simcox, Yon Yi Sohn, Terence Turner and more.
Marvel: Te Whakaaturanga Mārohirohi o Te Ao
14 Dec – 28 April 2024
Exclusive to the capital, it features rare artifacts, original comic art, film props, costumes, immersive designs and exclusive memorabilia, getting fans up close with iconic Marvel Heroes, films and comics. For more information visit wellingtonnz.com/MarvelExhibition.
Love Actually – Live in Concert
Fri 15 December
Michael Fowler Centre
For the first time in Wellington, you get to see your favourite Christmas movie play out in concert. Featuring an all-star cast, Love Actually has become a beloved festive season film.
A full symphony orchestra will play the soundtrack while the movie is projected on a big screen above.
Dinosaurs of Patagonia | Ngā Taniwha o Rūpapa
16 Dec – 28 Apr 2024
Step into the desert of Patagonia and discover incredible new fossil finds, including one of the biggest creatures ever to walk the planet: the 37-metre-long Patagotitan mayorum. This family-friendly exhibition includes models, fossils, videos, and fun activities – walk like a dino, sound like a dino, even create a virtual dino!
Dream11 Super Smash cricket double header
Thurs 21 Dec | 12.30pm & 4pm
Cello Basin Reserve
Wellington Blaze and Firebirds kick-off their Super Smash season with a double header at the home of cricket.
Fri 22 Dec | 8.30pm
Island Bay Beach
Let the Festivities begin! Celebrate the summer solstice with live music, fire, and a summer solstice ceremony. Check out loemis.nz for more information.
New Year’s Eve
Sun 31 Dec | 8pm–midnight
A free, fun evening of great music to bring in the New Year, in one of Wellington’s iconic locations. Kids, enjoy an early countdown and blast of fireworks at 9.30pm. For more information visit wellington.govt.nz/newyear.
Every weekend during Jan-Feb
Join us as some of Pōneke's finest performers fill the waterfront with vibrant delights.
Botanic Garden ki Paekākā
Wellington City Council’s iconic summer event returns with three weeks of free music, a Light Display, Kids Garden Trail, and Kids Explorer Days, all set amongst the natural beauty of the Botanic Garden ki Paekākā.
Z Manu World Champs – Regional Qualifier
Jump Platform, Wellington Waterfront.
Have you got the goods to become the first Manu World Champion? Learn more and secure your qualification spot when manuworldchamps.com goes live this month.
The Darkness 20th Anniversary ‘Permission To Land’ Tour 2024
The Opera House
The Darkness ignited the mainstream rock scene in the early 2000s. Their trademark falsetto, spandex, guitar riffs, and theatrical live shows propelled them to the top of the UK charts. Their album, ‘Permission to Land’ went 5x Platinum and is now 20 years old. Celebrating this anniversary, the band is hitting Wellington in January as part of an Australasian tour.
Foo Fighters are returning to Aotearoa this summer. The legendary rock band will be hitting the road for a massive world tour in support of their new album, ‘But Here We Are’. They’ll be joined at Sky Stadium by special guests Dick Move and The Breeders.