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How to Spend a Memorable Christmas in Auckland, New Zealand - Revel in the joy of the month of December

It is the most wonderful time of the year around the world and without any exception, the vibrant metropolis of Auckland too has got a whole host of festivities lined up to immerse you in the celebratory mood. So, treat yourself to a joyful Christmas in one of the most exciting cities on earth.


Farmers Santa Parade - kick off the holiday season in grand style

There would be no Christmas for Kiwis without Auckland's introduction to the holiday season — the annual Farmers Santa Parade. Usually taking place in late November every year, or early December if the weather is not ideal, the grand parade has been what commenced the Christmas season for all New Zealanders for more than 80 years. Among the beloved characters that parade the streets are Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Shrek, and Santa Claus himself, with the accompaniment of scores of marching bands, thematic floats, and multicultural community performances.


Christmas in the Park - lively crowds, magnificently vibrant scene

Come the festive month of December, taking over cities across New Zealand is the annual Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park music concerts and the city of Auckland undeniably takes centre stage of them all. In fact, one can hardly call himself an Aucklander if he hasn't even spent one Christmas at the biggest Christmas party in the city and arguably in all of New Zealand as well. Pack a picnic and along with your friends and family, hit this epic event for fantastic entertainment, striking fireworks, and a magical night under the stars.


Christmas at SkyCity - light up Christmas in Red and Green

Soaring above the Auckland cityscape and dominating the glimmering skyline, the striking SkyCity Tower is an absolute treat for the eyes all year round, but come the season of Christmas, the iconic highrise puts on an even more alluring charm, leaving all Aucklanders enthralled year after year without fail. Lighting up red and green, it is about as close to a giant Christmas tree as you can get, with live music performances, including the likes of dancing gingerbread men, and food stalls bursting with mouth-watering treats making for the gifts under the tree.


Christmas in Te Komititanga - a mind-blowing spectacle to feast your eyes

Once the sun goes down and darkness takes over the azure blue skies, the Christmas spirit is in the air, and the breathtaking light show at Te Komititanga lights up the night, spreading the joy of the holiday throughout the vibrant city. The buzzing metropolitans take a slower pace from the day's hustle and bustle, feasting their eyes on the mind-blowing spectacle.


Santa's Enchanted Forest - memorable Christmas snaps with Santa and the elves

For some memorable Christmas snaps with Santa and the elves, make your way to Santa's Enchanted Forest at Smith & Caughey's on Queen Street with the kids. Snap all the pictures you want and make sure to explore the fascinating Enchanted Forest as well. Adding to your Christmas bliss are the best hotels in Auckland, including the likes of Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences, making your holiday season even more blissful.