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Christmas Events

25 November, 2023 -8:00 am - 25 December, 2023 -9:30 pm

The 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 lights, markets, carols and of course, the appearances by the man himself – Santa!


Hamilton Tree Lighting Concert

When: 25 November 2023, Saturday at 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Where: Garden Place, Hamilton
More Info: www.hamiltonchristmas.co.nz
New Zealand’s biggest Christmas tree lights up Garden Place in Hamilton City, marking the beginning of the Christmas celebrations throughout the city.

Letters to Santa

When: 25 November – 09 December 2023 at 10.00am
Where: Garden Place, Hamilton
More Info: www.facebook.com

Korikori Christmas Market

When: 25 November 2023, Saturday 09.00am – 2.00pm
Where: Korikori Park, Kimbrae Drive, Hamilton
More Info: www.rototunarotary.org/Korikorichristmasmarket

Christmas in Vienna

When: 27 November 2023, Monday 11.00am – 12.45pm
Where: Hamilton Central Baptist Church, Hamilton
More Info: www.operatunity.co.nz/concert/ChristmasinVienna2023

Extravaganza in the Park Hamilton NZ Christmas Market 2023

When: 2 December 2023, Saturday at 9.00am – 2.00pm
Where: Western Community Centre, 46 Hyde Avenue, Nawton, Hamilton
More Info: www.facebook.com/ExtravaganzainthePark

Tamahere Twilight Market

When: 2 December 2023, Saturday at 4.00pm – 8.00pm
Where: St Stephens Anglican Church, Cnr Airport and Tamahere Drive, Tamahere, Hamilton
More Info: www.eventfinda.co.nz

First Credit Union Christmas Parade

When: 3 December 2023, Sunday at 1.00pm
Where: Anglesea Street, Hamilton
More Info: www.hamiltonchristmas.co.nz

Waikato Christmas Market

When: 9 December 2023, Saturday 9.00am – 4.00pm
Where: The Barn, Claudelands, Gate 3, Brooklyn Rd, Hamilton
More Info: www.waikatochristmasmarket.nz

Carols by Candlelight

When: 9 December 2023, Saturday 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Where: Rhododendron Lawn at Hamilton Gardens
More Info: www.facebook.com

Dia de las velitas (Day of the candles)

When: 9 December 2023, Saturday 4pm – 9pm
Where: Garden Place, Hamilton

Dia de las velitas (Day of the candles)

When: 10 December 2023, Sunday 2pm – 8pm
Where: Garden Place, Hamilton

Pasko sa Nayon (Christmas in the City)

When: 9 December 2023, Saturday 4pm – 9pm
Where: Garden Place, Hamilton
More Info: www.facebook.com

St Stephen’s Christmas Festival

When: 1 – 16 December 2023 at 10.00am – 4.00pm
Where: 14 Tamahere Drive
More Info: www.ststephenstamahere.org.nz/christmas-festival

Trees at The Meteor

When: 13 – 21 December 2023
Where: The Meteor Theatre, 1 Victoria Street, Hamilton
More Info: www.facebook.com/treesatthemeteor

Christmas at the Lake

When: 16 December 2023 at 5.00pm – 10.30pm
Where: Innes Common, Lake Domain Dr, Hamilton
More Info: www.eventfinda.co.nz

Christmas Crafts

When: 18 – 21 December 2023 at 10.00am – 3.00pm
Where: Waikato Museum, Hamilton
More Info: waikatomuseum.co.nz

Community Christmas Lunch

When: 25 December 2023 at 12.30pm
Where: 94 London Street, Hamilton
More Info: $5 tickets available from Hamilton City Salvation Army reception

North Waikato Christmas Events

Huntly Christmas Parade

When: 2 December 2023, Saturday at 9.00am
Where: Huntly Main street, Waikato​
More Info: www.facebook.com

Cornerstone Christmas Market

When: 8 December 2023, Friday at 4.30pm – 8.00pm
Where: Cornerstone Alpaca Stud, 49 Peach Road, Gordonton
More Info: www.cornerstonestud.co.nz

Christmas Market at Woodlands

When: 10 December 2023, Sunday at 4.30pm – 8.00pm
Where: Woodlands Estate, Gordonton
More Info: www.facebook.com

Christmas Special – Murder Mystery Event!

When: 14, 15 & 21 December 2023 at 6.00pm – 9.30 pm
Where: Woodlands Estate, Ngaruawahia
More Info: www.hamilton.confinement.co.nz

Te Kauwhata Christmas Parade

When: 15 December 2023, Friday at 5.00pm – 8.00pm
Where: Main Road, Te Kauwhata
More Info: www.facebook.com

Gordonton Christmas Market 2023

When: 16 December 2023, Saturday at 10am – 2.30pm
Where: Gordonton Hall, 1024 Gordonton Rd, Hamilton
More Info: www.facebook.com

Matamata / Te Aroha / Morrinsville Christmas Events

Christmas Twilight Market

When: 1 December 2023, Friday at 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Where: Hetana Street, Matamata
More Info: www.facebook.com

Holiday Crafts – Upcycle your holiday

When: 2 December 2023, Satuday at 10.00am – 1.00pm
Where: Te Aroha Library, 43 Rewi Street
More Info: www.facebook.com

Matamata Christmas parade

When: 2 December 2023, Satuday at 11.00am
Where: Matamata
More Info: www.facebook.com

Morrinsville Christmas Parade

When: 9 December 2023 at 1.30pm
Morrinsville Main Street
More Info: morrinsvillenz.co.nz

Matamata Library’s Christmas Extravaganza

When: 14 December 2023, Thursday at 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Matamata Memorial Centre, Tainui Street, Matamata
More Info: www.eventfinda.co.nz

A Hobbiton™ Christmas

When: 15 December 2023
Hobbiton Movie Set, Matamata
More Info: www.hobbitontours.com

Christmas at Morrinsville Library

When: 21 December 2023, Thursday at 11.00am – 12.00pm
Morrinsville Library, 56 Canada Street
More Info: www.facebook.com

Cambridge / Te Awamutu & Surrounds Christmas Events

Christmas at the Raceway

When: 17 November, 7 & 21 December 2023, Friday at 5.00pm
Where: Cambridge Raceway, Taylor St, Cambridge
More Info: 

Cambridge Christmas Parade

When: 3 December 2023, Sunday at 2.00pm
Where: Victoria Street, Cambridge
More Info: www.cambridge.co.nz

Rotary Te Awamutu Christmas Parade

When: 3 December 2023, Sunday at 11.00am
Where: Alexandra Street, Te Awamutu
More Info: www.facebook.com

Christmas Craft Drop in session

When: 9 December 2023, Saturday at 9.45am – 11.00am
Where: Cambridge Library, 23 Victoria Street, Cambridge
More Info: www.cambridge.co.nz

Cambridge Christmas Festival

When: 1 – 17 December 2023
Where: Cambridge Town Hall Victoria Street, Cambridge
More Info: www.cambridge.co.nz

Kids Christmas Cookie Bake Off

When: 15 December 2023, Friday at 9.00am – 8.00pm
Where: Cambridge Library, 23 Victoria Street, Cambridge
More Info: www.cambridge.co.nz

Pirongia Christmas Market

When: 17 December 2023
Where: 574 Crozier St, Pirongia
More Info: www.facebook.com

Christmas Carols with The Salvation Army

When: 17 December 2023, Friday at 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Where: 24 Raleigh Street, Leamington, Cambridge
More Info: www.cambridge.co.nz

Waitomo / Otorohanga & Surrounds Christmas Events

Otorohanga Christmas Tree Festival

When: 29 November – 2 December 2023, Wednesday – Saturday at 9.00am – 5.00pm
 Otorohanga Club, 107 Maniapoto St, Otorohanga
More Info: 

Ōtorohanga Christmas Parade

When: 1 December 2023, Friday at 6.30pm – 8.00pm
 21 Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga
More Info: 

Otorohanga Christmas Market

When: 3 December 2023, Sunday at 9.00am – 2.00pm
Where: The Island Reserve, Orahiri Terrace, Otorohanga
More Info: www.facebook.com
Find some unique Christmas gifts with a local feel and enjoy a great day out in Otorohanga at the Otorohanga Christmas Market.

Waitomo District Christmas Parade

When: 8 December 2023, Friday at 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Where: Rora Street, Te Kuiti
More Info: www.waitomo.govt.nz

Carols in the Caves ’23

When: 8 – 10 December 2023, Friday – Sunday at 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Where:  Waitomo Caves, Waitomo Caves Rd, Waitomo Caves Village
More Info: www.eventfinda.co.nz


25 November, 2023 -8:00 am
25 December, 2023 -9:30 pm


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