Access and Inclusion

A Very Welly Christmas

A Very Welly Christmas is a free two-day event for everyone to enjoy, happening in the heart of Wellington, along and around Lambton Quay!

Festival access

Lambton Quay is closed to traffic during the festival, so everyone has free range of the roads and footpaths. The area will be fully accessible for all, but the festival can get busy so it could be slow moving at points particularly when Santa arrives at 12 midday on both days. 

Transport information includes mobility parking, taxi stands and public transport details:

Car Parking

Clifton Car Park on The Terrace has easy access to Lambton Quay and has a weekend parking special running this summer.

The first two hours of parking are free on weekends, after that it’s $2 per hour with a maximum of $6 per day.

NZSL interpretation

Carols in Midland Park on Saturday 28 November 5pm-7pm will include a NZSL interpreter. 

Printed song sheets are also available in Midland Park as people arrive.


Accessible toilets can be found at: 

  • Grey street public toilets
  • Brandon street
  • Te Awe Library on Brandon Street

Parents’ room

Our parents’ room at Te Awe Library on Brandon Street has nappy-changing and bottle-heating facilities, a breast-feeding chair, and sink.


A Very Welly Christmas is a street festival experience designed to move through – but the main stage at Midland Park provides some seating and has an elevated stage to assist with viewing.

Quiet spaces

The very nature of A Very Welly Christmas means it is vibrant, action-packed festival. This includes sirens from emergency vehicles which kids can climb right into at the Whitmore street end of Lambton Quay if required, Te Awe Library provides a quite space.


Right in the heart of Wellington

The iconic Lambton Quay is closed to all traffic for two days allowing A Very Welly Christmas to take over and provide the unique opportunity of roving the streets freely enjoying the shopping, hospitality and special Christmas activities. The event runs from The Old Bank Arcade, junction of Willis St all the way to the Supreme Court and the Bowen/Whitmore streets.

COVID-19 Safety

New Zealand is currently in Alert Level 1 and the risks of community exposure at this level is low. In this environment there is no government restrictions on gatherings, indoors or out, and guidelines and codes have been developed for events to further reduce any transmission risks should the unlikely incidence of COVID exposure at an event occur.


  • If you are unwell PLEASE DO NOT come.
  • Been in contact with someone suspected of or having Covid-19 PLEASE DO NOT come.
  • If you are waiting for a Covid-19 test result PLEASE DO NOT come. 
  • If you are already isolating PLEASE DO NOT come.
  • Please use the tracer app QR code dotted all around the event.
  • Please use the hand sanitiser stations located around the event.
  • Hand wash facilities are located at the toilets on Brandon St & Grey St.
  • Keep your distance as much as you can.