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What’s on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December 2018 in Auckland for Kids

What's on this weekend

The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December 2018

Our pick of the best weekend events on for families, children and teenagers in Auckland, New Zealand

Saturday Events

Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park Editors Pick


Auckland Domain, Auckland
Saturday 8 December 2018: 7:30pm to 10:30pm
25th celebration of New Zealand’s biggest multi-cultural showcase of talented singers, dancers and musicians and  FREE outdoor Christmas party! The country’s top singers, dancers and musicians will ignite the big stage in Auckland performing your all-time Christmas favourites and hottest hits!Once again Coca-Cola New Zealand and Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park are getting behind Youthline – developing and supporting young people across New Zealand.
Cost: FREE event

Christmas in Karaka – Festival and Markets


Karaka Pavillion, 10 Hinau Road, Karaka, Auckland
Saturday 8 December 2018: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Facebook: tehihichristmasinkaraka

Join in the festivities in the idyllic stables and gardens of the New Zealand Bloodstock Sales Centre. It will be a day of Christmas Cheer, Shopping, Entertainment and Fun for all. A much anticipated Fundraiser for Te Hihi Primary School, this year’s home and lifestyle festival ensures that there is something for your whole family (including the men) to enjoy as you usher in the Festive season together.
Tickets: $2 to $10

Auckland Transport Cycling

Racecourse Parade, Avondale, Auckland
Saturday 8 December 2018: 10:00am to Noon
Auckland Transport Cycling

Get the kids riding for summer! Learning to ride a two-wheeler is one of those big childhood milestones, and being part of that experience as a parent is a thrill.

If you are wondering how to get started, or experiencing a few bumps along the way then check out the free #Learn2Ride sessions.

Auckland Transport’s team of qualified instructors work alongside parents to get kids riding. Whether starting on a balance bike or making the transition to pedals the team is there to help. Sessions are weather dependent and run on a drop-in basis. Bring your own bike or try one of theirs.

Cost: FREE


Saturday Gallery Club – Seleka Club Workshop at Corban Estates Arts Centre


Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson, Auckland
Saturday 8 December 2018: 10:30am to Noon

Drop in Saturday Gallery club at Corban Estates Arts Centre.  Join in and learn about a variety of drawing techniques from Seleka Club members Tevita Latu and Taniela Petelo from Tonga. Suitable for ages 4 years plus.

Cost: FREE event.


Waiuku NZ Steel Christmas Parade


Waiuku Town Centre, 40 Queen Street, Waiuku, Auckland
Saturday 8 December 2018: 11:00am

From 11am the town centre will be full of festive cheer with live entertainment, local performers, the Christmas Market full of treats, Santa’s grotto and more! Have your photo with Santa, do some shopping and enjoy some delicious treats from the market or the local cafes. Find a good spot ready for the Parade at 2pm.
Cost: Gold coin entry.

Christmas Tunes Live Kids Performance


105 Great South Road, Epsom, Auckland
Saturday 8 December 2018: 11:00am
Facebook event page
Christmas Kids Live Music Performance. Guitar and Harp
Lots of music, fun and activities for the kids of any age
Cost: FREE event.

Ellerslie Christmas at the Races


Ellerslie Racecourse, 80 Ascot Avenue, Auckland
Saturday 8 December 2018: 1:30pm gates open
Cost: FREE general admission

Blockhouse Bay Village Santa Parade


Blockhouse Bay Village, Blockhouse Bay Road, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland
Saturday 8 December 2018: 9:30am to 1:30pm
Entertainment starts from 9:30am and the parade starts at 10:45am.
Cost: FREE event

Saturday and Sunday Events


The Nutcracker performed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra


The Civc, Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 8 December 2018: 1:30pm and 7:30pm performances
Sunday 9 December 2018: 3:00pm performance

Christmas comes but once a year, and for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Christmas 2018 will be extra special, as they stage a national tour of The Nutcracker for the first time since 2010. Offering festive enchantment for all ages, this is a Christmas gift for all the family.
Tickets:  Children $25 to $50; Student and Seniors  $34.20 to $135; Adults $38 to $150

North Pole Express


Departs The Strand Train Station, Parnell, Auckland
Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December 2018:  Noon, 3:00pm and 6:00pm departures

Prepare to be surrounded by the magic and wonder of the Christmas season! Families will love the magical train ride in one of the specially decorated carriages, you’ll meet Santa, sing, and celebrate this special time of year.Set to the sounds of carols passengers are invited to wear their pajamas and join us to be whisked away on the North Pole Express and delight in the magic of Christmas as the train departs for a round-trip journey to meet Santa who has been magically transported to an undisclosed location along the tracks.The Magical Round Trip Journey includes: Entertainers, Carolling, Iced Cocoa & Cookies, Souvenir Mug, Santa Visit, Special Gift and extra surprises on the way.
Tickets: $81 to $91 per passenger.

Secret World of Butterflies


Sainsbury Horricks Gallery, Auckland Museum
Saturday 8 December 2018 onwards

Immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of colours and patterns as new exhibition Secret World of Butterflies takes flight. View thousands of butterflies from the Shannon Collection, on display for the first time. Be amazed by these stunning insects in this family-friendly exhibition that reveals unbelievable butterfly facts and is packed full of interactive activities. Zoom in on nature’s designs or create your own butterfly and unleash it into a magical digital garden.
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders.

Above and Beyond


MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 9 December 2018 to Monday 11 March 2019: 10:00am to 5:00pm (excluding Christmas Day)
Above and Beyond presented by Boeing and developed in collaboration with NASA and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum brings the wonder of flight to life.   Design your own virtual jet and race against other players in a high-speed flying competition, be transformed into virtual birds through motion-sensing technology and ascend to Earth’s orbit in a simulated space elevator.
Cost: Children under 5 are FREE; Children 5 to 15 years $10; Students $10; Adults $19; Seniors $10; Family pass (2 adults and up to 4 children) $45

Saturday and Sunday Events

The Christmas Confetti Room


Westfield Manukau City (Level 1 next to NZ Defence Forces), Cnr Great South and Wiri Station Road, Manukau City
Saturday 8 to Monday 24 December 2018: Noon to 3:00pm each day
The Christmas Confetti Room is an entirely Christmas themed room, filled with confetti and Christmas music to create the ultimate festive activity for the whole whānau. Join in the 20 minute sessions for a a whole heap of sparkle, Christmas spirit and smiles between 12pm and 3pm each day. No booking required, just turn up on the day and get ready to be wowed.
Cost: FREE event

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


Torbay Theatre, 35 Watea Road, Torbay, Auckland
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December 2018: 2:00pm performances
Torbay Theatre Presents their annual Christmas Production, a Roald Dahl favourite – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, featuring music by Jonah Vakapora-Hall.
Tickets: Child $15; Student $20; Adult $25; Senior $20.

My Art Time at Auckland Art Gallery

Auckland Art Gallery, Corner Kitchener Street and WEllesley Street, Auckland
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December 2018: 11:00am to 2:00pm each day

New, free, kids-focused weekend event where you can make art together and have fun.  Free for New Zealand residents, Members and Children 12 & under.

 Cost: FREE 

Sunday Events

Kawakawa Bay Christmas in the Park


Kawakawa Bay Community Hall, Kawakawa Orere Road, Kawakaway Bay
Sunday 9 December 2018: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Family friendly community event with raffles, food stalls.
Cost: Gold coin donation.

Secret World of Butterflies Quiet Hour


Auckland Museum, Auckland
Sunday 9 December 2018: 8:30am to 10:00am
Join Auckland Museum’s sensory-friendly session for families with children on the autism spectrum, or who struggle to communicate, or become easily overwhelmed by stimuli. Trained visitor hosts will welcome your family to Quiet Hour. There will be less visitors, no soundscape, and the addition of a chill-out zone to take a break. There is also the optional treasure hunt activity for those that want a more structured experience.
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders.

Manurewa Christmas in the Park 2018 – Light Up The Night!


Mountford Park, Weymouth Road, Manurewa
Sunday 9 December 2018: 5:00pm to 9:30pm
Manurewa Christmas in the Park

Christmas in the Park is lighting up the night with a fresh line up of local South Auckland talent, an incredible fireworks display, food stalls, sports comps, bouncy castles and loads more.
Cost: Free entry and fun for the whole family!

Central West Auckland Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon


Keith Hay Park, Mount Roskill, Auckland
Sunday 9 December 2018: 8:30am to 1:00pm
Open to Kiwi kids aged 7-15 years the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is a fun and rewarding day out. Kids of all sporting abilities swim, cycle, and run their way around age appropriate courses, either as an individual or as part of a team of two.To enter your TRYathlete or for more information go to
Every participant who enters receives:
1. A Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon medal
2. A downloadable certificate of achievement
3. A Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon t-shirt, drawstring kit bag & swim cap
4. Complimentary breakfast from the Weet-Bix Breakfast Tent
PLUS the chance to WIN awesome spot prizes and meet their sporting heroes.
Tickets: $40 to $57

Polish Christmas Market


Auckland Polish Association, 1 MacDonald Street, Morningside, Auckland,
Sunday 13 December 2018: 1:30pm
Facebook: Apapolonia
Cost: FREE entry.

Devonstock Music Festival 2018


Windsor Reserve, Devonport, Auckland
Sunday 9 December 2018: 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Facebook: DevonportPeninsulaTrust
An amazing array of talented young musicians will be rocking out at this year’s Devonstock Music Festival. The festival is organised by local teenagers to showcase the music of young artists. All ages can experience local music and summer sun for free and enjoy the range of food and craft stalls at this smoke-free and alcohol-free event in Windsor Reserve by the beautiful Devonport waterfront.
Cost: FREE event.

Hannukkah in the Bays 2018


Orakei Domain, Okahu Bay, Orakei, Auckland
Sunday 9 December 2018: 5pm to 8:30pm
Family event with lots of food, raffle, entertainment and fun. The lighting of the Chanukiah (candle lighting) will take place after sunset at approximately 8pm.
Cost: FREE event

Howick Santa Parade


Picton Street, Howick
Sunday 9 December 2018:
11am to 2pm Pre Parade Entertainment
2.30pm to 3.30pm Parade
3.30pm to 5pm VIP Santa After Party
Facebook: howicksantaparade
Cost: FREE event

A Very Coastie Christmas


9 Main Street, Whangaparaoa
Sunday 9 December 2018: Noon to 3:00pm
Facebook whangaparaoacommunityhub
A celebration of all the things that are wonderful about Whangaparaoa combined with the Magic of Christmas! Free festive fun for all ages including: a live music zone, family entertainment zone and santa claus.
Cost: FREE event

Carols At Potters Park


Potters Park, 173 Balmoral Road, Mount Eden, Auckland
Sunday 9 December 2018: 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Albert-Eden Local Board

Celebrate the festive season with Carols at Potters Park. Once again Potters Park will host entertaining Christmas festivities this December. You can enjoy Santa’s Grotto, live entertainment on stage, carol singing, face painting and lots more.

Cost: FREE event.


SkyCity Breakers vs Sydney Kings


Spark Arena, 42 Mahuhu Crescent, Parnell, Auckland
Sunday 9 December 2018: 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Tickets: Children $12; Adult $15; Family of four $50