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Christmas in the Hutt 2020

Are the kids counting down to the big day already? We are!

Santa will make his next appearance in Lower Hutt on Friday night in Petone at the Twilight Christmas Parade. Plus there’s a big events list for the whanau to choose from right through to mid December. Pop-up carols are coming to a neighbourhood near you, seek out something special at a festive market or get active with Fitmas in the Park.

A must for your Christmas calendars is the Petone Twilight Christmas Parade on Friday 27 November, 7pm on Jackson St. The parade travels from Buick St to Petone Ave, featuring floats from the local community, as well as Santa. You can then visit Santa in his grotto in the old jail building behind the historic police station – which is open through to the big day itself.

Here’s the line up:

Petone Twilight Christmas Parade
Friday 27 November, 7pm
Jackson Street, Petone
Community floats from Buick Street to Petone Ave followed by switching on of the lights and opening of the Santa Grotto.

Wainuiomata Christmas Parade
Saturday 28 November, 10am
Main Road to The Strand, Wainuiomata

Christmas Hui in Naenae

Saturday 28 November, 11am
Hillary Court, Naenae
Gather together for performances, games, giveaways and food.

Christmas in the Nui
Saturday 28 November, 11am
Queen Street Reserve, Queen Street, Wainuiomata
A fun filled day of activities, face painting, performances and more.

Christmas n da Hood
Saturday 5 December, 10am
Pomare Reserve, High Street, Taita
Come along for free health checks, free food (BBQs, fruit, water), free rides, giveaways and entertainment.

Stokes Valley Christmas Parade and Market
Saturday 5 December, 10am
Find the market at Speldhurst Park, starting at 10am with the Christmas Parade starting at 12pm from the top shops of Stokes Valley Road.

Fitmas in the Park
Saturday 5 December, 9:30am
Riddiford Gardens, Queens Drive, Lower Hutt
Take part in a workout with Les Mills, your Koha donation will go towards buying presents for the Salvation Army to gift to local families.

Eastbourne Market

Sunday 6 December, 10am
Williams Park, Days Bay
The Eastbourne Market is a vibrant and social meeting place for you to find local arts, crafts, food, jewellery, books, photographs, and much more!

Maungaraki Pop-Up Christmas Carols
Tuesday 8 December, 6pm
Maungaraki School, Dowse Drive, Maungaraki
The free and popular Christmas Carols Pop-up is back with songs starting at 6pm, so don’t miss your chance to enjoy a family friendly Christmas sing-a-long.

Christmas in Naenae
Saturday 12 December, 5:30pm
Everest Ave, Naenae

Re-Tree Christmas Tree Pop-Up Exhibition
12-23 December
Lower Hutt Central
Re-Tree celebrates creativity in Lower Hutt with a pop-up exhibition of Christmas trees designed and created by locals, whether they are artists, designers, crafters or people that just love Christmas.

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