Christmas celebrations in Whanganui

From Santa to carol singing, spending the Christmas period in Whanganui is always special.

With an exciting mainstreet Christmas Parade, Carols By Candlelight alongside Rotokawau Virginia Lake and a huge star lighting up Whanganui’s Water Tower, Christmas is a great time to be in Whanganui.

Christmas Parade

Saturday 9 December, 2pm

From Star Wars characters to vintage cars to Snoopy and Santa – the Mainstreet Whanganui Christmas Parade has all the family favourites festive or otherwise! The parade is a chance to appreciate the diversity of Whanganui with members from throughout the community participating to share their cultures and festive spirit.

Carols by Candlelight

Sunday 10 December, 6pm

This annual event is a family favourite. A brass band, choir and lead singer make the night extra special while face painting and an appearance by Santa and his elves are highlights for young children. Entry is by gold coin donation. This year’s event is at Pākaitore.

  • Rotokawau Virginia Lake
  • Sunday, December 10
  • 6pm

Opportunities for family gatherings

Many families choose to have a Christmas barbecue at Bason Botanic Reserve while others enjoy picnics at Kowhai Park. Our warm weather and family-friendly parks and facilities make Whanganui a perfect spot to get together for the festive season and can accommodate families large and small.

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