Auckland city centre is home to some of the best Christmas events New Zealand has to offer. Each year the city comes together to celebrate the season with a great range of Christmas activities and festive events sure to make this time of year extra special. From markets to the yacht racing, there are a number of delightful events and Christmas activities on offer - and there's something for every member of the family to enjoy. Check out our top picks now. 

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Commercial Bay’s Magic Mail Machine | 7/21 Queen St 

The Magic Mail Machine at Commercial Bay is one for the whole family. A way for youngsters to send their letters to Santa, take some time out of your Christmas shopping and write a wee letter outlining all your Christmas wishes. Watch your letter shoot through the mail machine - who knows, your wishes might just come true! 

Smith & Caughey's

Smith and Caughey’s window display | 253-261 Queen St 

The Smith and Caughey’s window display is a quintessential Christmas experience in the Heart of the City. Head down to Queen St with a group one night and take in the awe-filled and thoughtful displays, filled with character and Christmas cheer. 

Smith & Caughey's Christmas Shoppe

Smith & Caughey's Christmas Shoppe | Corner Queen and Wellesley Street

Head into Smith & Caughey's pop-up Christmas Shoppe and immerse yourself in the festive spirit as you admire the stunning range of festive ornaments, decorative Santas and more! 

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Angus Muir

Light Trail on Federal Street | SKYCITY

A stunning light experience will bring SkyCity to life this Christmas from Monday 30 November to 31 December. Weaving its way down Federal Street and around the Sky Tower, the lighting installations are curated by award-winning artist Angus Muir and will include some of his most inspiring light sculptures and installations. 

Live music performances on Queen Street for Christmas

Live music performances for Christmas | Queen Street

From December 16 – 24, enjoy 69 performances over 9 days, in 3 locations on Queen Street per day. Enjoy your Christmas shopping and celebrations this year to the sound of music over lunchtimes (12-1.30pm) and evenings (5-6.30pm), with late nights Thursdays and Fridays. Look out for these diverse and talented musicians performing between Victoria and Customs Streets daily, to celebrate the festive season.

Last updated: 25 December 2020