Dashing to the Shows at Auckland Live

Dashing to the Shows at Auckland Live

Published: Thursday 23 November, 2023


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The sun is shining, the decorations are out, and the festive season is well and truly here in Tāmaki Makaurau. Here are eight shows to get you in the Christmas spirit this December.

Hansel & Gretel 

Thu 30 Nov – Sun 3 Dec |  📍 Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre
Fri 8 & Sat 9 Dec | ​📍 Bruce Mason Centre

The Royal New Zealand Ballet returns to Auckland just in time for Christmas with the acclaimed Hansel & Gretel. Laughter, tears, shivers down the spine, plenty of sugar, and just a touch of spice together make a recipe for a truly happy ending and a wonderful ballet experience for all ages this festive season.

A Very Tasty Christmas Market

Sat 2 – Sun 3 Dec | 📍 The Cloud, Queens Wharf

Us Aucklanders love a good market, especially when it’s a Christmas market! We're blending many of your favourite things into one extraordinary weekend event: gift stalls, gourmet treats, entertainment for all ages, plus pop-up bars and eateries.

The Royal New Zealand Navy Band 

Mon 4 Dec | 📍 Bruce Mason Centre

Join us for the final Auckland Live Morning Melodies concert of the year which will have you smiling all the way home. Enjoy a Christmas sing-along with New Zealand’s only full-time concert military band with a bonus tea and biscuit – yum!

APO 4 Kids Christmas 

Sat 9 Dec | 📍 Auckland Town Hall
Sun 17 Dec | 📍 Bruce Mason Centre

Get the whānau together for Auckland Philharmonia’s Christmas concert, especially designed for the littlest members of your family. Come along for a fun-filled, festive hour full of music, singing, and hands-on activities for your tamariki.

Auckland Live Christmas in Aotea Square

Sat 9 – Thu 21 Dec | 📍 Aotea Square

We’re bringing some Christmas cheer to Aotea Square this December with a festive programme of free, whānau-friendly performances and experiences. Don’t miss the outdoor cinema, games, live music, Christmas Karaoke and so much more. Come on down for a merry ol’ time! 

BACH Christmas Oratorio Parts 1 – 3

Sun 10 Dec | 📍 Auckland Town Hall

Enjoy a true Christmas spirit as Bach Musica performs the first three parts of Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 which was written in 1734.  Three majestic trumpets, virtuoso choruses and colourful solo arias for vocal and instrumental soloists alike are abundant in this fantastic composition.

Love Actually in Concert

Sat 16 Dec | 📍 The Civic

Following sold-out performances last year, Love Actually in Concert featuring a live orchestra will be bringing the magic back to Auckland this year just in time for Christmas! Sit under the starry sky of The Civic and laugh, sing, and maybe even shed a tear as you experience the emotion of the ultimate romantic comedy.

Handel’s MESSIAH 

Sun 17 – Mon 18 Dec | 📍 Auckland Town Hall

After three centuries, Handel’s Messiah still captivates audiences. Auckland Choral is delighted to bring you this work of dazzling soloists, rousing choruses and instrumental fireworks, celebrating with hope and inspiration for the coming year.

Embrace that festive spirit, don your Santa hat and we'll see you at the show!

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