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Christmas Festival - 27 November to 24 December 2021

A festival of Christmas events including a festive movie, train rides, Christmas lights, live music and Santa in the City are planned to bring festive cheer to Whangārei in these COVID times.

Instead of the large scale Christmas event of the past at Semenoff Stadium, Council's Venues and Events team have opted to hold a range of smaller Christmas events between 27 November and 24 December this year.

"We are also including other Christmas-themed events organised by members of the community in the lineup" said Council's Venues and Events Manager Carina de Graaf.

"Our team is keen to capitalise on what is already happening in our District, build on the sense of celebration that comes at this time of year, and to keep our community safe."

The Venues and Events team will be showing the movie "Polar Express" on the big screen on Saturday 11 December at Semenoff Stadium.

"Come along dressed in your favourite Christmas themed clothes and enjoy an evening screening of the classic movie outdoors. Picnics are welcome but make sure you check Semenoff Stadium's terms and conditions as some items are not allowed," said Mrs de Graaf.

"The next day (12 December) people can have fun at the Choochoo Train Rides at Kiwi North riding on decorated carriages, meeting Santa and taking photos. We encourage people to dress up for this one too," she said.

"For walkers, joggers, strollers and wheelers, the Bright Lights in the City evenings offer the opportunity to follow a walking light trail around the city centre and along the Hātea Loop, spotting bursts of colour of light on 10 -12 December and 17-19 December.

"12 and 19 December will feature ‘Sunday Sounds' opposite Mokaba on the raised platform. Live musicians A2Stix and EzySol will keep you entertained while you relax at any of the cafés or taking a casual stroll past.

"For those true Santa fans among us, Saturday 18 December will bring a chance to meet him in person at the Cameron Street Mall between 10am and 1pm."

Mrs de Graaf said the ever-changing nature of events and guidelines meant there could be changes along the way.

"We encourage you to keep an eye out for our publicity around these events including times, dates and places on Facebook, our Christmas Festival page on the Council website or Eventfinda and in the papers in the days leading up to the events. We will let you know of any changes if they come up."

"Christmas is definitely not cancelled in Whangārei, it's going to be lots of fun" Mrs De Graaf said.

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