Capital set to sparkle

28 November 2014

Wellington will get a festive makeover when Mayor Celia Wade-Brown flicks the switch on the Christmas tree lights at Courtenay Place Park on Monday 1 December at 9pm.

Three girls wearing sunglasses and Santa hats.

“We’re sharing the good cheer this Christmas with free festive activities for all to enjoy. Visit the new Christmas trees in Midland Park and Courtenay Place, bring the little ones down to the annual Santa Parade and keep an ear out for  pop-up carols around the city,” says Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

Heralding Capital Christmas festivities on Monday evening are the Wellington Brass Band  with your favourite carols from 8.30pm.

Capital Christmas includes two new Christmas trees gracing Midland and Courtenay Place Parks.

The Cable Car and entrance to the Wellington Railway Station will be wrapped in a fabulously-festive style. The iconic Oriental Bay Carter Fountain will cascade red and green this Christmas.

 Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian, Nick Tansley will be out and about in the CDB with his Pop up Carols Caravan from 4-24 December. There will be pop up singers, acrobats, jugglers, musicians and dancers throughout the city.

Sunday 14 December 2pm is Santa’s Parade featuring all your favourite characters, and of course Santa Claus and his reindeer-led sleigh. The parade takes place along Lambton Quay to Manners Street. Then head down to Frank Kitts Park for Santa’s After Party with the Pop up Carols.

Libraries are getting on board with the 12 Storytimes of Christmas. Kids can dress up in their pyjamas and settle down for Christmas stories, carols and activities at their local library.

Hanukkah will take place in Midland Park this year, 22 December 5–7pm and is an annual event that celebrates the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights. There’ll be food, entertainment, and children’s activities along with the lighting of the Hanukkah candles.

Wellington CBD retailers are dressing their windows. People can vote for the Capital’s best dressed window and get the chance to spend $1000 at Kirkcaldie and Stains. Head to to cast your vote.

Make sure you check your letter box 1 December for our Summer City 2014/15 brochure featuring all these events and over 200 more. You will also be able to pick them up from Wellington City Council reception, supermarkets throughout the Capital and Council libraries, Community and Recreation Centres.

For more details on any of these events and more you can go to our Events Calendar.