Christmas Events

Hamilton & Waikato is gearing up for a family-orientated, super fun festive season with a huge variety of events happening across the region. Check out the list of events below for your city or town, and enjoy the parades, lights, markets, carols and of course, the appearances by the man himself – Santa!

Hamilton City Christmas Events

Christmas at the Lake 2017 - Paid event
1, 8, 9 December 2017
The Verandah Cafe & Function Centre, Hamilton Lake
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Hamilton Christmas Parade

Christmas Events in Hamilton & Waikato

When: Sunday, December 10, 3pm
Where: Along Anglesea Street and Knox Street.
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The Village Christmas Market
10 December 2017 10am – 2pm
The Village Whatawhata, 1 Rothwell Lane, RD9, Whatawhata
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Hamilton Christmas Tree
When: Saturday, December 2 at 5pm until January 3
Where: Garden Place, Hamilton
New Zealand’s biggest Christmas tree lights up Garden Place in Hamilton City from December 2, marking the beginning of the Christmas celebrations throughout the city. Celebrations kick off from 5pm – come along and watch the 27-metre high tree get lit up with decorations.
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Waikato Museum Christmas Crafts
When: 16 - 17 December
Where: Waikato Museum
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Christmas at the Lake - Free Event
When: 16 December
Where: Innes Common, Hamilton Lake
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Harrowfield Lights
Where: Harrowfield Drive, Hamilton
The residents of Harrowfield welcome visitors to share and enjoy the unique lighting displays adorning their homes in this enchanting street.
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Christmas Ice-Skating Rink
When: 1-28 December
Where: The Base Shopping Centre, Te Rapa
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Enjoy a white Christmas at the base - the skate rink will be in place from the beginning of December. Head on down with the family and enjoy.

Trees at the Meteor
When: 14 – 19 December, 7-10pm
Where: Meteor Theatre
Cost: $6 entry, $20 family
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Held annually, Trees at the Meteor sees both professional and aspiring artists create and decorate a Christmas tree out of pretty much anything they like. The trees are on display at the Meteor Theatre and have previously been themed to specific categories.

Te Rapa Christmas at the Races
When: 23 December from 10am
Where: Te Rapa Racecourse
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Enjoy a flutter on the horses with friends, family and colleagues with the Te Rapa Christmas at the Races event.

SKYCITY Hamilton Waikato Cup
When: 16 December
Where: Te Rapa Racecourse, Hamilton
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Described as the regions premier thoroughbred race meeting, the SKYCITY Hamilton Waikato Cup is perfect for an end of year Christmas bash. With kid’s entertainment, spot prizes, live music and more, there is something for all ages.

Carols at the Temple
When: 21 December at 8.30pm
Where: Temple View
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Enjoy the sounds from the Waikato Rivertones Chorus.

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North Waikato Christmas Events

Huntly Christmas Event
When: December 2
Where: Huntly Domain, Wight Street, Huntly

Matamata / Te Aroha & Surrounds Christmas Events

Matamata Christmas Parade
When: 2 December from 11am.
Where: Matamata Town Centre
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Matamata Christmas in the Park
When: 10 December from 4pm
Where: Bedford Park
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Enjoy a carnival from 4pm, and show from 7pm by swing/funk band ‘Late 80s Mercedes’. The event will include other local talent, school and dance performances and plenty of Christmas fun, ending with a fireworks extravaganza kindly sponsored by the Hobbiton Movie Set.

Matamata Christmas at the Races
When: 20 December
Where: Matamata Racecourse
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Grab some friends and family and head along to the races this Christmas.

Morrinsville Christmas Parade
When: 9 December 2017
Where: Town centre
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Enjoy the theme of ‘Fairytale Legends’ this Christmas in Morrinsville.

Te Aroha Santa Parade
When: 16 December, 11am
Where: Te Aroha main street
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Cambridge / Te Awamutu & Surrounds Christmas Events

Cambridge Christmas Parade
When: 3 December, 3-4pm.
Where: Cambridge main street
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Cambridge Christmas Festival
When: 1-16 December
Where: Cambridge Town Hall, Victoria Street, Cambridge
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A true community event the Cambridge Christmas Festival runs every December in the town hall. This year’s theme is ‘Story time Christmas – Trees that tell a story’ with beautifully decorated Christmas trees, along with Christmas shops and tea rooms, choir performances and more.

Cambridge Carols by Candlelight
When: 8&9 December, 8pm
Where: Monavale Homestead, Cambridge
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Enjoy Carols by Candlelight on the front lawn at the historic Monavale Homestead in Cambridge.

Te Awamutu Christmas Parade and Street Party
When: 9 December, from 12pm.
Where: Alexandra Street, Te Awamutu
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Pirongia Boxing Day Races
When: 26th December
Where: Alexandra Racing Club, Pirongia Golf Club, Pirongia
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Every Boxing Day, New Zealand’s oldest racing club, the Alexandra Racing Club, plays host to the Pirongia Boxing Day Races.

Raglan Christmas Events

Raglan Christmas In the Park
When: 17 December 2017 5pm – 9:30pm
Where: Te Kopua Domain
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Raglan Creative Market
When: 10 December, 10am-2pm
Where: Raglan Old School Arts Centre
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Waitomo / Otorohanga & Surrounds Christmas Events

Otorohanga Christmas Parade
When: 1 December, 6.30pm
Where: Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga

Waitomo District Christmas Parade: A Child's Christmas Magic
When: 8 December, from 6pm.
Where: Rora Street, Te Kuiti
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Carols in the Caves
When: 8-10 December, 7.30pm.
Where: Waitomo Glowworm Caves
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Each year the local Waitomo Caves Choir sings carols in the magical Waitomo Glowworm Caves. The natural caves formations create the perfect cathedral providing outstanding acoustics. Tickets for this event are available via the Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre and sell out fast.

Otorohanga Christmas Craft Market
When: 26 November, 9am – 3pm
Where: Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga
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Find some unique Christmas gifts with a local feel and enjoy a great day out in Otorohanga at the Otorohanga Christmas Craft Fair.

South Waikato Christmas Events

Putaruru Christmas Parade
When: 15 December, from 6pm.
Where: Princess Streets, Putaruru
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