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

Miracle Christmas Cocktail Bar
When:
Launched 24th November
Where:
The Quadrant, Hamilton
More Info:
www.facebook.com
NZ's first Miracle Christmas Cocktail pop-up bar is being launched 24th November right here in Hamilton! They will be serving themed drinks and snacks, over the top Christmas décor and professionally-developed cocktails.

Christmas at the Lake - Paid event
When: 
Friday 30 November, Saturday 1 December, Friday 7 December, Saturday 8 December
Where: 
The Verandah Cafe & Function Centre, Hamilton Lake
More Info: 
www.eventfinda.co.nz

Hamilton Christmas Tree Lighting & Concert
When: Saturday 1 December, 6pm
Where: Garden Place, Hamilton
More Info: www.hamiltonchristmas.co.nz
New Zealand’s biggest Christmas tree lights up Garden Place in Hamilton City from December 1, marking the beginning of the Christmas celebrations throughout the city.

Tamahere Twilight Market
When: Saturday 1 December
Where: St Stephens Anglican Church, Tamahere
More Info: www.eventfinda.co.nz

The Great NZ Santa Run/Walk
When: Wednesday 5 December
Where: Hamilton City Hawkes Clubrooms
More Info: www.eventfinda.co.nz

Christmas Events in Hamilton & Waikato

Carols on the River
When: 
Friday 7 December
Where: 
Victoria on the River
More Info: 
www.facebook.com

Hamilton Christmas Parade
When: Sunday 9 December, 1:15pm
Where: Along Anglesea Street and Knox Street.
More Info: www.hamiltonchristmas.co.nz

The Village Christmas Market
When:
Sunday 9 December, 10am – 2pm
Where: 
The Village Whatawhata, 1 Rothwell Lane, RD9, Whatawhata
More Info: 
www.eventfinda.co.nz

Christmas in the Park
When: 
Sunday 16 December, 2pm-7pm
Where: 
Flagstaff Park, Hamilton

Waikato Museum Christmas Crafts
When: 15 - 23 December
Where: Waikato Museum
More Info: www.eventfinda.co.nz

Christmas at the Lake - Free Event
When: Saturday 22 December
Where: Innes Common, Hamilton Lake
More Info: www.eventfinda.co.nz

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.
More Info: hamiltonchristmascity.co.nz

Trees at the Meteor
When: 13 - 18 December, 7pm-10pm
Where: Meteor Theatre
Cost: $6 entry, $20 family
More Info: www.treesatmeteor.co.nz
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.

SKYCITY Hamilton Waikato Cup
When: Saturday 15 December
Where: Te Rapa Racecourse, Hamilton
More Info: www.teraparacing.co.nz

Christmas Music with The Cambridge Brass Quintet
When:
Sunday 23 December
Where:
Waikato Museum
More Info:
www.eventfinda.co.nz

Zoot Suit Christmas
When: Thursday 29 November - Saturday 15 December
Where: Riverlea Theatre, Hamilton
More Info: www.eventfinda.co.nz

Operatunity: Cinderella - A Christmas Pantomime
When: Monday 3 December
Where: Activate Church, Hamilton
More Info: www.eventfinda.co.nz

For more Christmas events in Hamilton, visit hamiltonchristmascity.co.nz


North Waikato Christmas Events

Tuakau Christmas Parade
When: Saturday 1 December
Where: George Street, Tuakau
More Info: www.facebook.com


Matamata / Te Aroha / Morrinsville Christmas Events

Matamata Christmas Parade
When: Saturday 1 December
Where: Matamata Town Centre
More Info: www.matamatanz.co.nz

Matamata Christmas at the Races
When: Wednesday 19 December
Where: Matamata Racecourse
More Info: www.eventfinda.co.nz 
Grab some friends and family and head along to the races this Christmas.

A Hobbit Christmas (Ticketed Event)
When: Friday 14 December
Where: Hobbiton Movie Set
More Info: www.hamiltonwaikato.com
Celebrate the festive season at this one of a kind Christmas celebration.

Morrinsville Christmas Parade
When: Saturday 8 December, 1:30pm
Where: Town centre
More Info: www.morrinsvillenz.co.nz

Christmas at the Domain, Te Aroha
When: Friday 30 November, 5pm-9pm
Where: Te Aroha Domain
More Info: www.eventfinda.co.nz

Te Aroha Float Parade
When: Saturday 15 December, 11am
Where: Te Aroha Main Street


Cambridge / Te Awamutu & Surrounds Christmas Events

Cambridge Christmas Parade
When: Sunday 2 December, 2-3pm.
Where: Cambridge main street
More Info: www.eventfinda.co.nz

Cambridge Christmas Festival
When: 1-16 December
Where: Cambridge Town Hall, Victoria Street, Cambridge
More Info: www.cambridge.co.nz
A true community event the Cambridge Christmas Festival runs every December in the town hall. This year’s theme is ‘All set for Christmas’ with beautifully decorated Christmas trees, along with Christmas shops and tea rooms, choir performances and more.

Evo Christmas Treasure Hunt
When: Sunday 2 December 
Where: Victoria Street, Cambridge
More Info: www.cambridge.co.nz
Grab an Entry form (available from Monday 26th November) at Paper Plus Cambridge or Evolution Cycles and be in the draw to win a bike.

Cambridge Carols by Candlelight
When: Saturday 8 December, 8pm
Where: Monavale Homestead, Cambridge
More Info: www.cambridge.co.nz
Enjoy Carols by Candlelight on the front lawn at the historic Monavale Homestead in Cambridge.

Cambridge Christmas Market
When: Saturday 8 December
Where: Leamington Domain
More Info: www.eventfinda.co.nz

Te Awamutu Christmas Parade and Street Party
When: Saturday 8 December
Where: Alexandra Street, Te Awamutu
More Info: www.facebook.com

St Patricks Christmas Fete
When: Friday 30 November, 5pm - 8pm
Where: St Patrick's Catholic School, 625 Alexandra St, Te Awamutu,
More Info: www.eventfinda.co.nz
a range of crafts, food, and bargains galore just in time for Christmas.

Pirongia Boxing Day Races
When: Wednesday 26th December
Where: Alexandra Racing Club, Pirongia Golf Club, Pirongia
More Info: www.hamiltonwaikato.com
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 Creative Market
When: Sunday 9 December
Where: Raglan Old School Arts Centre
More Info: www.raglanmarket.com


Waitomo / Otorohanga & Surrounds Christmas Events

Otorohanga Christmas Parade
When: 
Friday 7 December, 6.30pm
Where:
Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga
More Info:
www.otorohanga.co.nz

Waitomo District Christmas Parade - CANCELLED 
When: Friday 14 December, from 6pm.
Where: Rora Street, Te Kuiti
More Info: www.waitomo.govt.nz

Carols in the Caves Concerts
When:
7,8,9 December 
Where:
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
More Info: 
www.waitomocaves.com

Otorohanga Christmas Craft Market
When: 
Sunday 25 November, 9am 
Where: 
Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga
More Info: 
www.otorohanga.co.nz
Find some unique Christmas gifts with a local feel and enjoy a great day out in Otorohanga at the Otorohanga Christmas Market.


South Waikato Christmas Events

Christmas Night Market
When:
Friday 23 November
Where:
Putaruru Hotel
More Info:
www.prideinputaruru.com

Putaruru Christmas Parade
When: Friday 7 December, from 6pm.
Where: Princess Streets, Putaruru
More Info: www.prideinputaruru.com