Free events get holidays started
There are plenty of free events and activities for all the family to enjoy in Auckland city this month.
ASB Santa’s Bach December 6 to 24
Children of all ages can take a tour through Santa’s customised ‘‘Kiwiana HQ’’ where they can meet the man himself, make an application to be one of Santa’s elves and dress up. Entry is free but people can donate presents which Santa will deliver to the Auckland City Mission. Open on Thursdays from 5pm-9pm, Fridays from 3pm9pm and weekends from 10am-6pm at Wynyard Quarter.
Silo Christmas Cinema and Markets – from December 6
The Silo Park markets will have a mix of food stalls, arts and crafts, vintage clothing, contemporary artists and Christmas trees for sale. Open on Thursdays and Fridays from 5pm till late and Saturdays and Sundays from noon till 6pm.
Silo Cinema will get in to the Christmas spirit with a lineup of old favourites. Films start at 9pm. It’s a Wonderful Life – December 6 Nightmare before Christmas – December 13 The Muppet Christmas Carol December 20
Angel Wings Wishing Tree for Auckland City Mission
Throughout December the Angel Wings Wishing Tree will be in Silo Park for people to tie a ‘‘wish’’ on to and make a donation to the Auckland City Mission. Go to yourwaterfront.co.nz/christmas for more details.
Bandstand Under the Stars – December 9 to 21
Learn some new moves or show off the ones you already have to salsa, swing, Celtic Ceilidh or ballroom with a live band. Dance instructors will be on hand to show everyone the moves as well as plenty of room to freestyle, or just listen to the music. Takes place on Fridays and Saturdays from 8pm11pm in Aotea Square.
Concrete Theatre – December 13 to 21
A range of free entertainment including circus by Campground Chaos, back flips and drum beats from Strike Percussion, a retelling of Homer’s Odyssey, comedy by Double Derelicts, the sounds of the Gospel Choir and performances by the National Youth Theatre Company in Aotea Square. Go to theedge.co.nz/freeevents to check times and dates. Markets – December 13 to 21 Arts, crafts, boutique designers, jewellery, clothing, prints, vintage sellers and food outlets.
Open on Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm-10pm in Aotea Square.
Live at Lunch – December 16 to 20
Pick up a snack, lounge in a deck chair or under an umbrella, play giant versions of Connect 4 and Jenga and listen to some live music. Plays Monday and Fridays from noon till 2pm in Aotea Square. Go to the-edge.co.nz/ freeevents.
Lazy lunch: City dwellers lounge in deck chairs in Aotea Square and listen to some live music during Live at Lunch.