Christmas 2019

Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a visit to one of North Canterbury's annual Santa Parades. A great family day out, these annual events give children a chance to see Santa and join in on the Christmas cheer in the build-up to the big day. Here we have collated all the information on North Canterbury's Santa Parades so you can plan your family outing with ease. And if you like a good carol sing-a-long, check out the local Christmas carol events below too.

Santa's Grotto 

November 29th - December 1st

Come along to our annual Christmas event, one of the first on the Christmas calendar for North Canterbury. The school hall is decked out in Christmas themed displays, an interactive kids play area and photos with Santa available on site. EFT POS or cash only, no credit cards sorry.

  • Where: Ashgrove School Hall, Seddon Street, Rangiora 
  • Time: 4-8pm on Friday, 10am-8pm on Sat/Sun

Kaiapoi Christmas Carnival & Santa Parade 2019

December 7th, Carnival 9am-9pm; Santa Parade 3pm-4pm

Part of the Kaiapoi Carnival the Kaiapoi Santa Parade is a free and fun event for children, and a celebration of goodwill in the local community. Expect local floats, clowns, characters and music a-plenty as the parade makes its way through town. Enjoy the carnival atmosphere throughout the day, with market stalls, rides, food and entertainment at Murphy Park from 9am and a fireworks extravaganza to finish the evening. 

  • Kaiapoi Community Market 9am-12am
  • Santa Parade 1.30pm 
  • Kaiapoi Carnival 9am - 4.30pm
  • Route start: Countdown carpark, Hilton Street
  • Route end: Murphy Park, Kaiapoi
  • More information: 

Rangiora Toyota Santa Parade & Party in the Park 

December 8th, Party from 12pm; Santa Parade from 2pm

The Rangiora Toyota Santa Parade is always a great day out for the whole family. With prizes up for grabs for the best float, the parade has some fantastic entries leading the man in red through central Rangiora. The free parade is part of the Christmas Party in the Park, which runs from 12pm-6pm on the day in Victoria Park. With entertainment, food and craft stalls, amusement rides and loads of activities for the kids, the party and parade should not be missed!

  • Route start: Intersection of Church and High Streets, Rangiora
  • Route end: Intersection of King and Queen Streets, Rangiora
  • More information:

Oxford Santa Parade

December 15th, 12.30pm

Always enjoyable, the Oxford Santa Parade is a lovely day out, with family-friendly activities and picnicking at the Pearson Park after the parade.

  • Route start: from the fire station on Burnett St, down SH72
  • Route end: Pearson Park
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Oxford Christmas Wonderland

December 17th - 24th

With Christmas displays and visits from Santa, this is a great event for all the family. 


  • Tues 17th 6pm - 8pm
  • Wed 18th - Fri 20th 2pm - 8pm
  • Sat 21st - Sun 22nd 11am - 2pm & 4pm - 9pm
  • Mon 23rd - Tues 24th 2pm - 8pm


  • Fri 20th 4pm - 6pm
  • Sat 21st & Sun 22nd 12pm - 2pm & 4pm - 6pm