29 November 2022
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the malls and enjoy the tranquil setting in the city centre. While one sits enjoying the sunshine on the waterfront watching the kids play the other can be off shopping for all those Christmas gifts. Catering to all budgets you will find it a breeze getting around the shops and ticking that list off fast, leaving you to enjoy a family lunch or early dinner before heading to Santa, the Shapes of Summer installations, and domes, and then a free family movie on the waterfront.
SANTA: Be sure to plan a visit to see Santa in his magical geodesic dome grotto in Red Square! Santa and his elf will be in residence Friday 5pm to 8pm, Saturday 11.30am to 3pm and Sunday 11am to 3pm. Click here for more information.
GIVEAWAYS: While Santa is in residence (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) we will be giving away thousands of dollars’ worth of vouchers from local businesses to add to your Christmas stocking. You must be in the city centre to win, so plan a visit with friends and family this weekend!
INSTALLATIONS: Award-winning light artist Angus Muir has returned to Tauranga, to create Shapes of Summer, a vibrant playground of light, inspired by the colours, shapes, and sounds of Tauranga Moana. Shapes of Summer includes several interactive installations, as well as works that include sound and movement. It is free and open to everyone, from dusk until late. Click here for more information.
While on the Strand explore the magical geodesic domes. Find the naughty elves and read the beautiful Night Before Christmas poem as we await the exciting new installation in the snow dome…. Can you guess what it will be? Click here for more information.
MOVIE: Come along to our FREE outdoor movie on Friday night, The Lorax, on Tauranga Waterfront bought to you by Tauranga City Council. Join us from 7.00pm, screening will start at sunset, around 7.30pm. Dress warm and bring a blanket to sit on! Coffee & popcorn will be available to purchase (cash only). Click here for more information.
GREAT FOOD: Make a day and night of it and enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the amazing eateries and restaurants in the city centre. Plan your day before you visit or surprise and delight your senses with a spur of the moment choice. Click here for more information.