December 3-24, from 8.45pm

The Heart of the City Christmas Festival has arrived as the city centre lights up with the magic and wonder of Christmas all month long, with decorations in the streets and laneways, live music, Christmas shopping, waterside catch ups and much more.

The headline attraction this year is the Christmas Light Show at Te Komititanga, presented by Heart of the City, Auckland Council and Commercial Bay. The large scale projected light show will illuminate the entire Chief Post Office (CPO) in downtown Auckland, 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 and allowing people to safely reconnect outdoors and immerse themselves in the spirit of Christmas.

Aucklanders will embark on a Christmas adventure starting in the heart of the city, before traveling by magic stardust to the North Pole and into Santa's Workshop. Along the way, they can dance with mischievous elves, watch as toys and presents are made and wrapped, and spot Santa's sleigh as he wings his way to the Southern Hemisphere, spreading some much-needed Christmas joy in his wake.

The Christmas Light Show in Te Komititanga will run frequently from 8.45pm daily from 3 December until Christmas Eve, allowing you to move through the square and enjoy the Light Show safely.

So, head in for a spot of Christmas shopping and while you are there check out the light forest and giant baubles in the Te Komititanga or the iconic Smith & Caughey Christmas windows, grab a meal or drink and be sure to finish off by checking out the Light Show!

After the year we have all had, there's no better time to visit, celebrate and connect with each other this festive season and the city centre is dressed for Christmas and ready to go - we'll see you there! 

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Enjoy two hours of free parking or $5 evening and weekend rates. Find out more. Ride on public transport from as little as $2 each way. Find out more.
Last updated: 22 November 2021