Santa’s Arrival

Each day opens with the midday Santa arrival, a short walking parade, departing Ballance St and traveling the wrong way down Lambton Quay to the David Jones front doors. Full of costumes, colour, brass bands and of course the big man himself in his Absolutely Uniquely Wellington sleigh.

Carols In Midland Park

Saturday 24 November at 6pm, join us and the Wellington Brass Band for some Christmas joy in the park. Bring your best voice as we sing all your classic favourites. Wet weather day is the next day, Sunday 25 November at 5pm.

Time to Give

This is truly a Wellington event with community participation at its heart, so please remember that Christmas is a time of giving - we’ll be asking people to dig deep and help support the Wellington Children’s Hospital.

History of the Parade

The Wellington Santa Parade has been going since 1949. Although back then the parade only went around the Basin Reserve it has grown over the years with thousands of parents and children lining the footpaths to witness the Capital’s Christmas street spectacle.

The parade is not forgotten and is now represented by Santa’s Arrival and short walking parade. But we have added a whole lot more that can be enjoyed over the entire 2 day festival of Christmas.

Santa's Grotto

Located inside David Jones each day once the big man arrives on his sleigh lead by the walking parade from Ballance St. Grab a picture of Santa's Sleigh right outside the stores front doors.


Lambton quay

Midlands park - Lambton quay

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.