Santa arrives at midday

Don’t miss your chance to welcome Santa and his friends to Lambton Quay! This short walking parade leaves Ballance Street at 12 noon and travels down Lambton Quay to the front doors of David Jones.

Carols in Midland Park from 6pm

Bring your best singing voice for 2 hours of carols, supported by the Wellington Brass Band. Postponement date: 5pm, Sunday 25 November – follow Wellington City Council on Facebook for updates.

Support the Wellington’s Children Hospital

Christmas is a time for giving – dig deep and support the Wellington Children’s Hospital with a donation. Collectors will be there with Hospi the Hospital Lion on the day.

History of the Parade

The first Wellington Santa Parade was held in 1949. Back then, it followed a short route around the Basin Reserve. Over the years it grew into a must-see spectacle that would bring thousands of children and parents into the city.


To make sure as many people as possible can enjoy free and fun holiday entertainment, we’ve turned our annual Christmas celebration into a 2-day festival. Each day starts with a short walking parade, so you can still line the footpaths and wave to Santa – just like the old days!

Visit Santa’s Grotto

The walking parade finishes at David Jones, where Santa has his grotto. Grab a picture of his sleigh right outside the store’s front doors.

Where

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.