Auckland is hosting some fantastic events this December to kick off the Summer season, make sure you book your car in advance over the holiday period to ensure you don’t miss out.
The Sleeping Beauty by Royal New Zealand Ballet
Sleeping Beauty is the quintessential classical ballet. This fairy tale has Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous orchestral score and is filled with fairies, woodland sprites, handsome princes and the enchanting princess. This new Sleeping Beauty is perfect for any ballet lover, young or old.
When: 3 Dec – 12 Dec
Where: Aotea Centre (Auckland City) and Bruce Mason Centre (Takapuna)
Christmas Lights at MOTAT
Get into the Christmas spirit over 12 magical nights, there will be photos with Santa, Christmas movie screenings, Tram rides lit up by fairy lights, Carolers, Sparkling fairy lights illuminating the museum, Traditional lolly making demonstrations, Christmas Card crafts and more.
When: 11 Dec – 24 Dec
Where: MOTAT (Museum of Technology & Transport)
Biggest Pub Gig in the World
Spark Arena will be turned into a giant pub for one big night of pub rock when five of New Zealand’s best-known pub rock bands will flood the stage with anthems. See Th’Dudes, Citizen Band, Jordan Luck Band, Hello Sailor and Hammond Gamble.
When: 11 Dec
Where: Spark Arena
Carlson is a much-loved series regular on TVNZ’s smash-hit panel show, Have You Been Paying Attention? and is a regular on the Australian edition of the show. Urzila continues to sell out her seasons in both NZ and Australia, and the awards stack up year after year. See her new show All The Rage.
When: 14 Dec
Where: Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre
Brickman Awesome: Epic LEGO Creations
Calling all Lego fans, check out the latest Lego creations from LEGO certified profesional Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught. As soon as you step into the new South Atrium and you’ll be greeted by a towering NASA SLS rocket. The tallest LEGO® brick model in the Southern Hemisphere at 7.5 metres. Built with more than 450,000 bricks, all equipped with a lighting and sound system, to blast it off into space!
When: 3 Dec – 28 Feb
Where: Auckland Museum
All Blacks Experience
The brand new All Blacks rugby experience opens this month. Learn about the history, passion and experience of the the All Blacks story. The All Black Experience is a state-of-the-art guided encounter showcasing the All Blacks, and our national teams in black, through innovation and technology. This full sensory and interactive experience allows New Zealanders and international visitors to celebrate New Zealand’s rugby heritage, achievements and culture.
When: Opens 2 Dec
Where: 88 Federal Street, Skycity Precinct, Auckland CBD
America’s Cup World Series and Prada Christmas Race
Don’t miss the opportunity to see the teams face off against each other before Prada Cup challenger series in March. This event will mark the start of an exciting summer of racing. The PRADA Americas’ Cup World Series Auckland will take place from the 17th until the 19th of December and the PRADA Christmas Race will happen on 20th of December.
When: 17 Dec – 20 Dec
Where: Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf