The annual Christmas window display at Auckland's iconic department store Smith & Caughey's has been unveiled.

Every year the iconic Queen Street department store's windows are filled with animated Christmas decorations including beautiful hand-made puppets, twinkling lights, trimmed trees, and much more, all based on a special Christmas storybook tale. This year's delightful Christmas animation is based on the fabulous children's picture book "The Twelve Elves Of Christmas" written by Evie Day and illustrated by Liam Darcy. Count and sing along through the twelve days of Christmas as more and more… and MORE of Santa's little helpers assemble to get all the jobs done in time!

Santa's Enchanted Forest experience, which eventuates in meeting Santa in his cosy cottage is also back from Saturday 11th of November, until Christmas Eve this 2023 with bookings available online now. And be sure to start or end your visit by stocking up on decorations at their famous Christmas shoppe, returning to the store very soon. 

Smith and Caughey's Christmas windows
Smith and Caughey's Christmas windows
Smith and Caughey's Christmas windows

Santa's Enchanted Forest Experience

Whether celebrating a child's first Christmas or following family tradition, a visit to Santa's Enchanted Forest at Smith & Caughey's is the perfect beginning to the festive season. Create wonderful memories that will be treasured forever.

One of Santa's Helpers will be waiting on the ground floor where they'll see you on your way to Santa's Enchanted Forest. Before making your way to meet Santa, explore the Enchanted Forest and see Santa's helpers getting ready for Christmas. Each child will receive a collectible Christmas tree bauble gift from Santa and a keepsake photo with him. 

Book your experience here

Santa at Smith & Caughey's

Smith & Caughey's Christmas Shoppe

In the lead up to Christmas, Smith & Caughey's has got you covered for gift ideas as well as the ultimate decorations.

Head in and immerse yourself in a bit of festive spirit and admire the stunning range of festive ornaments, decorative Santas and more!

Smith & Caughey's Christmas Shoppe
Smith & Caughey's Christmas Shoppe
Smith & Caughey's Christmas Shoppe

It's easy to get in, out and around

Getting around the city centre is easier, and cheaper than some may think! Here are some parking and transport hacks to remember when you're coming in. 

  • Half price public transport fares for adults.
  • Kids ride free on public transport at weekends.
  • $2 per hour on weekends (max of $10) at Victoria Street car park.
  • $2 per hour on weekends (max of $12) at the Civic car park.
Free weekend child fares

Get $2 parking per hour to a maximum of $15 on evenings and weekends at the Downtown car park. Find out more

Kids ride free on public transport on weekends and public holidays. Find out more.

Last updated: 01 November 2023