SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER CHRISTMAS PARADE & FESTIVAL
Celebrate Christmas in Rotorua with this year’s Christmas Parade & Festival. Starting at 4.00pm., the Parade weaves its way through the CBD and finishes off at the all new festival on the Village Green. Enjoy exciting, interactive sites around the Village Green, featuring entertainment and activities, food vendors, some Christmas retail therapy. A short prize giving for our amazing winning floats and of course the Christmas Movie on the big screen. 4.00pm – 11.59pm Memorial Drive, Rotorua.
FRIDAY 9 DECEMBER CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
Featuring the Rotorua Symphonic Band and local choirs and entertainers led by soloist and choir conductor Evelyn Falconer, this celebration of Christmas is set under the trees in Kuirau Park in a natural ampitheatre setting. Bring a rug and some warm clothing. 7.00pnm – 9.30pm, corner of Ranolf and Lake Roads, Rotorua
SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER STOCKCARS
Top Speedway action with Superstocks and Stockcars racing for points for their House of Travel Series. Also featuring the King Logistics Bay of Plenty Minisprint Championship and Bobcat Services BOP Streetstock Championship. 7.00pm – 10.00pm, 105 Paradise Valley Road, Rotorua
SATURDAY 10 – SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER ARTS VILLAGE BIG CHRISTMAS MARKET
Enjoy an array of 100% New Zealand made arts and crafts, with a family friendly atmosphere, food, music and a free children’s activity with the Arts Village Kids Club. 10.00am – 4.00pm Sat and 10.00am – 2.00pm Sun, corner Hinemoa and Hinemaru Streets, Rotorua.
MONDAY 26 DECEMBER 52ND ANNUAL REREWHAKAAITU RODEO
Competitors male and female from all over the country ride the rodeo circuit accumulating points to participate in the national finals rodeo at the end of the season. Food and beverages available for sale. 9.00am – 3.00pm 91 Ash Pit Road, Rerewhakaaitu, Rotorua.
TUESDAY 27 FECEMBER INTERISLANDER SUMMER FESTIVAL RACEDAY
A fun day for the whole family. Pack your picnic essentials, or enjoy the food stalls at the venue and take advantage of the free entertainment for the kids. 10.00am – 11.59pm, Arawa Park Racecourse, Fenton Street, Rotorua.
WEDNESDAY 28 – THURSDAY 29 DECEMBER MITCHELL DOWN STAKE AWAYS NZ STOCKCAR GRAND PRIX
Two nights of crash and bash stockcar racing. Attracting all the top Stockcars from all over NZ, the crowds will be guaranteed plenty of action. 7.00pm – 10.00pm, 105 paradise Valley Road, Rotorua.
THURSDAY 29 DECEMBER GLO SPOT – BUSKERS COMPETITION
Bring an evening picnic and come and relax and watch the Top 10 spot buskers compete for cash prizes. 6pm – 9pm, Kuirau Park
FRIDAY 30 DECEMBER GLO MOVIES
Set at Lake Tikitapu with the natural back drop of the lake and the bush, this is the perfect location for GLO movies. Come and watch a family friendly movie on the big screen under the stars. Bring a picnic, or purchase food at the venue. 4pm – 8pm Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake)
SATURDAY 31 DECEMBER GLO PARTY
Glo Festival Finale. Dance and party the night away to some amazing local and national talent. There will be food stalls, visual art installations and a fireworks spectacular. A night for families to enjoy, so bring a picnic blanket and settle in to celebrate the year that was and welcome in the beginning of another. 6pm – midnight, Rotorua Lakefront.
PARADISE VALLEY RACEWAY
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT