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Part of Christmas in the City Centre

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Need some extra hours in the day to make sure you tick off your Christmas list? Commercial Bay, Britomart and Smith & Caughey's are here to help this festive season by not only staying open late across multiple nights, but by bringing festive cheer while you're here, from live music, to family-friendly activations, giveaways and more. 

Boutiques open late | Live music | Spend & win at Britomart

Britomart's stores and boutiques will stay open until 8pm on December 16, 17 and 23 with live music sessions in Takutai Square from 5.30pm - 7pm, adding atmosphere around the precinct as you move between stores. What's more, when you shop or eat at a Britomart venue this festive season, you'll go in the draw to win a two-night stay at The Hotel Britomart plus a $500 Britomart Black gift card. Simply scan the QR codes on the counter cards in each boutique or eatery. 

Late night shopping | Santa's Mail Machine | Live music | Free snow cones and G&Ts at Commercial Bay

Commercial Bay is also opening its doors for longer (until 9pm) from December 16 - 23 (excluding Sunday December 19, open until 7pm). If you're bringing the kids with you they'll love a complimentary snow cone to enjoy while shopping or visiting Santa's Mail Machine, open until 8pm, where they can post their wishlist to Santa and watch it shoot through the three-storey mail machine. Plus get your groove on to live music on the ground floor and at Public Bar and make the most of a free G&T when you buy a slice of New York style pizza at the Hendricks x Green Door Pizza pop up. 

Late night shopping | Christmas Windows | Christmas Shoppe

Smith & Caughey's will be open for late night shopping in the lead up to Christmas! Pop in to grab your gifts, visit the Christmas Shoppe to stock up on decorations, and have a peek at their incredible window display. Christmas hours: Friday 17th: 9am - 8pm, Saturday 18th: 9am - 7pm, Sunday 19th: 9am - 6:30pm, Monday 20th - Wednesday 22nd: 9am - 7:30pm, Thursday 23rd: 9am - 8pm, Friday 24th: 9am - 6pm.

Marvel at all the Christmas lights

And don't miss the Christmas Light Show in Te Komititanga, the perfect way to end your evening and just a stroll away right between Britomart and Commercial Bay in the new public square. The show commences from 8.45pm every evening and will illuminate the entire Chief Post Office (CPO) building, spanning 55 metres wide and 32 metres high. Each evening it will take audiences on a delightful festive journey, bringing the spirit of wonder and joy to the heart of the city. 

Have dinner while you're here 

Toast to the festive season with a special dinner before, after or in between your shopping trip! Britomart and Commercial Bay are home to some of the city centre's best restaurants and eateries, with fine dining, sharing and casual options to suit all.

Last updated: 25 December 2021