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

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

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. For this particular event we are relaxing some of the items allowed into ​the stadium particularly around food and beverage.

You may bring into the Stadium:

  • Any beverage such as water, soft drinks and juice with the exception of alcohol, Thermos flasks, sandwiches, fruit, chippies, cakes etc, Chill bins and picnic baskets - These items should only be taken on the field. Please do not take them into the grand stand or terrace seating,
  • Chairs, Prams, strollers or pushchairs - These items should only be taken on the field. Please do not take them into the grand stand, terrace seating or embankment 

You may not bring into the Stadium:

  • Alcohol,
  • Glass bottles or cans,
  • Takeaways such as McDonald's, Subway & Pizza,
  • illicit Drugs,
  • Flares,
  • fireworks,
  • laser pointers,
  • No high visibility type vest or jackets as these may be confused with security or emergency services staff,
  • No Gang Patches.

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 or Gate B. 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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