27 Exciting Things To Do In Christchurch This December 2021

Megan Zara Walsh Megan Zara Walsh

Things To Do December Christchurch 2021

An fun festive season awaits you…

Future events are unpredictable on account of restrictions, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan to make the most of the month ahead. So whether you enjoy foodie indulgences, hiking trails, adrenaline activities and more…we’ve found something for everyone to get excited about. Here are 27 of the best things to do in Christchurch this December 2021.

1. Christmas Light Show

Until December 30, you can catch this famous Lightshow. With plenty of display rooms, animated Disney personalities like Winnie the Pooh, carnival rides, Santa appearances, Christmas stalls, and much more…you won’t be disappointed. Entry costs $10 per adults and $5 per child.

๐Ÿ“ 650 Shands Road, Christchurch, New Zealandย 

2. Enchanted Christmas Show

From December 3, visit this magical Christmas show for the first time in Christchurch. Meet Santa and his elves all the way from the North Pole to celebrate the festive season the right way. The event will exhibit Christmas stalls, plenty of live entertainment and an inflatable Christmas fun park, to name a few things.

๐Ÿ“ Santa’s Village, 475 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand

3. Christmas Night Market

On December 4, take advantage of the festive stalls at Ferrymead Heritage Park. Expect an array of arts and crafts stalls, food vendors like crepes and native Thai treats, live music, and much more. Excitingly, you can ride a festive tram and take part in other amusements. Perfect for all ages.

๐Ÿ“ 50 Ferrymead Park Drive, Ferrymead, Christchurch,ย Christchurch

4. VR Escape Rooms

For one hour, travel to another world through the magic of virtual reality. You’ll need at least one extra person to take part in this game, and you can select between games like Alice In Wonderland, Jungle Quest, Chernobyl, Christmas, and more.

๐Ÿ“ 166 St Asaph Street, Central City, Christchurch 8011

5. Rollickin Gelato

Best Rollickin Gelato Dishes Christchurch
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Ice cream season has landed so be sure to check out the best ice cream dishes to eat at Rollickin Gelato, and read about the greatest ice cream shops in Christchurch.

๐Ÿ“ Various Locationsย 

6. New Brighton Hot Pools

He Puna Taimoana is opened with reduced capacity during restrictions. With plenty of hot pools, it offers a fantastic place to relax and recharge your batteries. We recommend going for their new luxurious sunrise soak package now that Summer has landed.

๐Ÿ“ 195 Marine Parade, New Brighton, Christchurch 8083, New Zealand

7. Vegan Christmas Mฤkete

On December 19, head to this exclusive Christmas-themed market for some shopping and indulgence. From cruelty-free gifts, plant-based food trucks, festive tunes while you shop, and more…it’s the perfect place to get you in the Christmas mood.

๐Ÿ“ 39 Nursery Road, Phillipstown, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

8. Picnic at Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Surrounded by lush greenery and pink floral trees, visit the Botanic Gardens and dig into a delightful picnic. Go with friends in your bubble, or even grab a book, and go yourself for some relaxation in the summer sun.

๐Ÿ“ City Centre Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

SEE MORE: 7 Stunning Christchurch Picnic Areas For A Delightful Day Outย 

9. Godley Head

Pack a lunch, grab a friend and opt for a spectacular hike at Godley Head. Just a 50 minutes drive from the centre, begin at Taylor’s Mistake Beach and embark on a trail enriched in history and culture, from its WW2 origins to spotting plenty of wildlife to breathtaking coastal adventures.

๐Ÿ“ Godley Head Road, Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

10. Lyttelton Farmers Market

If you love browsing a good market, this one is unbeatable. From fresh produce, scrumptious snacks, and lots more. It makes a great day out, especially, if the sun is shinning.

๐Ÿ“ London Street, Lyttelton 8082, New Zealand

11. Jet Boating

Experience the thrills of jet boating on the Waimakariri River. Prepare for the captain to share knowledge on the history of the region while you take in Christchurch’s natural beauty all the while experiencing this adrenaline-pumping adventure. To book, visit the Alpine Jet Thrills website. Indeed, an unforgettable experience and one of the best things to do in Christchurch this month.

๐Ÿ“ Waimakariri River Regional Park, Kaiapoi, Christchurch 7630, New Zealand

12. Romantic Dining

Take dining to the next level this season by selecting one of the most romantic dinner places in Christchurch. Read all about them here.

13. Supa Karts

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Photo Credit: Supa Karts

Book a session of indoor karting which will provide some top-notch entertainment for you and your crew.ย Poke fun at your friends who come last on the track, and prepare for some bellyaching laughs. For bookings, visit the Supa Karts website.


๐Ÿ“ 91 Buchan Street, Sydenham, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

14. International Antarctic Centre

Where better to get in the mood for Christmas than surrounded by snow in this award-winning attraction. Chill in the Antarctic storm room, head on the all-terrain vehicle tour, get up close and personal with penguins and huskies, watch the big screen ice tour, and much more. This journey of enlightenment provides once-in-a-lifetime memories and activities to entertain the whole family. Purchase tickets via Iceberg.

๐Ÿ“ 38 Orchard Road, Harewood, Christchurch 8052, New Zealand

15. Brunches

There is nothing more satisfying than brunchin and munchin our way around the city. Check out our latest list of the best places to go for an indulgent brunch in Christchurch.

16. Pegasus Bay Winery

Pay your respects to winemakers at this family owned winery in North Canterbury’s Waipara Valley. Spoil yourself some Saturday in October and head to this unique vineyard for some wine tasting, delicious grub and adventure. Opt for the full experience and book a wine tour so you can explore more of the Waipara Valley.

๐Ÿ“ 263 Stockgrove Road RD2, Amberley, Christchurch 7482 New Zealand

17. Staycations

If safe to do so, take a short weekend staycation to somewhere fabulous nearby. Check out our favourite South Island Getaways here.

18. Adrenalin Forest Christchurch

This spectacular obstacle course makes an incredible summer day out. Built into large trees along Spencer Park and Bottle Lake Forest, you’ll embark on an array of challenges such as rope swinging, flying foxes, tree climbing and lots more thrilling activities. Book via Adrenalin Forest.

๐Ÿ“ 110 Heyders Road, Spencerville, Christchurch 8083, New Zealand

19. Shared Platters

The combination of summer and Christmas makes it the perfect time to indulge in shared platters outdoors with your clan. See the best shared food platters to purchase in Christchurch this season.

20. Freedom Camping

Take in the pristine beauty of the surroundings of Canterbury by camping. Be sure to check the rules before planning a stay. For instance, some campgrounds providing both self-contained and non-self contained services for campers include Rakaia Gorge and Ashburton Holiday Park, to name a few.

๐Ÿ“ Various Locationsย 

21. Day Trips

Take a weekend day trip to an unbeatable location from Christchurch. See our list here.

22. Lumiรจre Cinema

Photo Credit: Lumiere Cinemas

For something a little more intimate and cosy, head to this boutique cinema.ย Opt for a cocktail, beer or wine paired with a tasty cheese platter or gelato to set the scene while you chill out in plush chairs and watch the movie.

๐Ÿ“ 26 Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

23. Hot Air Balloon Adventure

This pricey activity offers the most breathtaking once-in-a-lifetime views over the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps. Appreciate everything afar high in the sky. Sunset or sunrise is the best time to have the most insightful scenic adventure. Undoubtedly, this experience presents the most picturesque gram-worthy moments which will leave all your followers totally jealous. Book via Ballooning Canterbury.

๐Ÿ“ 2136 Bealey Road, Hororata 7671, New Zealand

24. Rakaia Gorge Walkway

Just one hour and 30 minutes from Christchurch, you’ll feel rewarded after taking on this iconic walkway against the backdrop of green forests underneath Mount Hutt. Begin in the woods, before reaching the ferryman’s track, and continuing along glacial river terraces to a beautiful viewpoint. Other highlights include the impressive lava tracks and historic coal mine tunnels. Be sure to go on a good day to capture the greatest moments.

๐Ÿ“ Windwhistle 7572, New Zealand

25. The Pink Lady Rooftop

This chic rooftop bar is perfect for a catch up with friends or date night. Located on the seventh floor of the Muse Hotel, it offers incredible 360 views of Christchurch. Grab your favourite cocktail and chow down on some bar bites while you watch the sunset, and laugh the evening away.ย This spot just so happens to be one of the most memorable dates in Christchurch.

๐Ÿ“ย Level 7/159 Manchester Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

26. Tranz Alpine Train Journey

Take one of the most picturesque train journeys in the world and admire the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps. It makes a great adventure for both kids and adults alike. Opt to hop off at Arthur’s Pass for some extra exploration. For tickets, visit The Great Journeys Of New Zealand website.

๐Ÿ“ Addington, Christchurch

27. Outdoor Pools

Relax in the summer sunshine at one of Christchurch’s best outdoor pools. See the Christchurch Government website to see what pools are operating during restrictions.

๐Ÿ“ Various Locations

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