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Christmas in the capital

Pohutukawa bloom on the waterfront, carollers hit the streets and the famous Circa pantomime is filling up the theatre. This can only mean one thing: it's finally Christmas time in Wellington!

A Very Welly Christmas festival

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This year, the Santa Parade is being transformed into a two-day Christmas Festival. A Very Welly Christmas 2016 (10-11 Dec) will see part of Lambton Quay closed and filled with family-friendly festivities! Expect Christmas carols, a giant snow dome, performances from around the globe, community choirs, photo booths, giveaways, and see Santa in his specially handcrafted sleigh. 

The Wondrous Wellington Advent Calendar

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The Wondrous Wellington Advent Calendar has made a come-back this year, with 24 festive treats hidden behind 24 magical doors in the lead up to Christmas. Be sure to check back each day for the next treat!

Christmas On the Harbour With Sol3 Mio and Guests

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Sol3 Mio will be bringing the Christmas cheer to Wellington’s Waitangi Park with Christmas on the Harbour. The beloved trio are known for mixing their powerful and moving operatic voices with more than a dash of uncontainable Samoan humour, so this special concert will make for a great start to your festive season. 

A silly season of events

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Enjoy two of the capital's Christmas traditions when Roger Hall returns to Circa Theatre with Roger Hall's Jack and the Beanstalk (19 Nov - 20 Dec) and the NZSO perform the three-hundred-year-old Christmas smash hit, Handel’s Messiah (10 Dec). Check out some of the other Christmas events taking place in December

Wellington Underground Christmas Markets

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The Wellington Underground Christmas Markets in Frank Kitts underground car park is perfect for families, locals and travellers looking to nab a last minute gift. Held every Saturday and Sunday in the lead-up to Christmas, you'll find more than 100 stalls, there'll be snow, games, carols and a chance to meet Santa!

Find the perfect gift

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From trendy boutiques to quality vintage stores, Wellington is the perfect place to do your Christmas shopping. These local shops stock tonnes of nifty gifts - whether you're looking for stocking fillers, or something a bit more special. 

Festive feasts

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Put your feet up and let one of these fancy restaurants take care of your Christmas lunch for you. Note: these ones may require booking in advance.

Visiting from out of town?

If you're from out of town and need somewhere to stay this Christmas season, take a look at these festive hotel deals we've found.

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