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Events / Christmas Festival

The annual Whangarei Christmas Festival was held on Saturday 30 November 2019 at the Semenoff Stadium.

The event ran from 5:00pm - 9:30pm with the gates opening at the family friendly time of 4:00pm.

Hosted by More FM's John and Flash, there will be loads of great on-stage entertainment including Anika Moa, who will be headlining the festival.

Anika Moa is an Aotearoa multi-award-winning recording artist, children’s entertainer, television and radio presenter and māmā of four. 

In a career spanning over 20 years, she has released six studio albums, including two wildly successful children’s albums, Songs For Bubbas, inspired by all the tamariki she keeps having.

Anika has joined forces with Stacey Morrison and Mike Puru on The Hits Drive Show and has her third bubbas album cleverly entitled, 'Songs For Bubbas 3' out at the end of 2019.

Anika will have 2 special performances on the night.

Earlier in the show Anika will get the littlies up dancing as she performs some of her favourites from her “Songs for Bubbas” albums and all her most popular hits at the end of the show.

This year’s Kiwi Christmas themed activities will include volleyball, a Santa’s Beach Grotto new this year, bouncy castles and face painting, all for free.

Glow sticks and products will be available for sale and the night will end with its traditional fireworks.

What to bring and what not to bring

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all of our patrons, entry into the stadium is subject to a number of terms and conditions.

Patrons may not bring into the stadium:

  • alcohol,
  • beverages,
  • glass bottles or cans,
  • commercially produced takeaway food such as McDonalds, KFC and Subway,
  • Illicit drugs,
  • weapons,
  • chilli bins and
  • prams.

You may bring into the stadium empty water bottles (no glass) and small amounts of food for personal consumption such as sandwiches, fruit, chippies and cake.

Glow Products

Glow products are available for sale at the venue including flashing Santa hats, rings, necklaces, foam sticks and bracelets. Prices are reasonable and you should bring cash for these items.

Parking & Traffic Management

Places to park include Cobham Oval, and the surrounding streets of the Semenoff Stadium including Porowini Avenue, Okara Drive and Port Road.

A drop off zone is situated on Okara Drive outside the Stadium. Vehicles cannot park here.

Disabled Parking & Access

Disabled parking is available inside the Semenoff Stadium car park (entry by permit).

Access into the Stadium is via Gate A. Wheelchairs can be taken on to the field and there is specific seating on the ground level at each end of the main grandstand.

St John

On site for the duration of the event, located at the town end of the stadium near the South West floodlight pole.

Salvation Army Community Christmas Tree

A Christmas Tree is a symbol of the spirit and joy of Christmas and this year we are delighted to be working with the Salvation Army again to help them work towards their Christmas Hamper day by encouraging people to bring a gift along to place under the tree.

The Salvation Army, Whangarei, every year give out approximately 250 Christmas hampers to families who are struggling for a number of reasons. This is over and above a normal food parcel. The hamper contains a Chicken and vegetables for Christmas dinner, chips and dips, dessert, non-alcoholic drinks, and treats such as chocolate biscuits and nuts.

Along with the hampers The Salvation Army also give out Christmas presents to each of the children of the families concerned. This they are able to do each year through the generosity of our community.

The Salvation Army say their greatest needs are Christmas puddings, jellies, fancy biscuits, lollies/chocolates, potato chips/ nuts, onion soup, reduced cream and tinned fruit.

Presents for teens are also an area they are sadly lacking in. Especially for 13-15 boys and girls.

Please feel free to bring a gift along to the Christmas Festival to place under the tree if you are able to.


Contact us if you would like to be media accredited in which case we can provide you with onsite parking and access to the Media Centre. Email for a Media Accreditation Application form.

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Photo Gallery / Christmas Festival

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Live entertainmentFun for all agesGreat kiwi musicSanta and Mrs Claus
Great turnout this yearSanta and his sleighSinging AngelsChildren’s Choir
Butterfly GirlFace PaintingMoreFM CrewMain Stage and Crowd
Live Screen ActionChristmas FairyTwo FairiesMeet the fairy