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A Very Welly Christmas – a weekend in the capital


Well, we thought it was time we finally jumped on the Christmas bandwagon. This is our first post of the year about Christmas and, whilst we would usually wait until December, this weekend promises to be a cracker down in Wellington so we thought we’d make sure we told everyone about it!

If you love Christmas (or you have kids who are already super excited about it), then you might want to plan a little trip down to Wellington this coming weekend. Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November sees the annual ‘A Very Welly Christmas’ Santa Parade hitting the streets of the capital and it once again promises to be a cracking weekend of Christmas festivities.

As well as the annual Santa parade, there will also be Carols in Midland Park on Saturday 25 November from 6pm. Join the Wellington Brass Band and get your singing voice in tune for all the classic favourites.

Christmas in the capital – what to see and do

If you are planning a trip down to Wellington for the weekend or even if you live in the city, then here is a little run down of the activities and events taking place across the weekend.

  • Santa Parade – the main highlight of the weekend is the Santa Parade. This will leave Ballance St each day at midday travelling the wrong way down Lambton Quay to the David Jones store – expect big floats, amazing costumes and lots of colour as well as the big man himself.
  • Santa’s Grotto – as the parade reaches its end, Santa will be found in his grotto which is located inside the David Jones store where your kids can meet the main man himself
  • Santa’s Sleigh – the guys at Absolutely Positively Welly are in charge of Santa’s sleigh and it is going to be pretty unique. You’ll be able to grab your picture with the sleigh as it will be parked outside of David Jones once the parade comes to an end
  • Carols in Midland Park – what better way to get into the spirit than cranking out some Christmas Carols – the carol concert is one of the highlights of the weekend and kicks off in Midland Park from 6pm on the Saturday night

All for a good cause

A Very Welly Christmas Parade


As well as the opportunity to meet Santa, check out the amazing costumes and floats and belt out some Christmas Carols, A Very Welly Christmas is also a great opportunity to give to those less fortunate. This community event is put on in support of the Wellington Children’s Hospital and there will be plenty of opportunities to donate throughout the weekend so dig deep and spread some Christmas cheer to those who need it most.

Planning a weekend in Wellington

Whilst the Santa Parade and Christmas shenanigans may be the main event, there is still plenty of time to enjoy a full weekend away in Wellington. We recommend renting a car and getting out of the city to explore the surrounding area. We have some awesome partners in our exclusive GO Play programme located within short driving distance of the city.

Here are some of our favourites:

Adrenalin-Forest-WellingtonAerial Forest Adventure

Get up amongst the trees with this aerial adventure obstacle course. There are six levels to tackle and each is harder than the last – take them all on to claim ultimate bragging rights!

GO Play discount – 10%

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Capital Personalised Tours

If you only have a limited amount of time and want to make the most of your time in Wellington, try a personalised tour. From wine tasting in Martinborough or Wairarapa to a trip over to the stunning Kapiti Coast to touring the Lord of the Rings filming locations – these guys can offer truly personalised experiences which will ensure you don’t miss a beat in the capital.

GO Play discount – 10%

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Electric Bike Hire and Guided Tour


Switched on Bikes Wellington

Looking for a quick way of getting around the city? Electric bikes are an awesome way of getting around, helping you up the hills and speeding you around the city’s best sights. Centrally located right on the waterfront, you can take a guided tour or head out on your own – either way is a great way of seeing the capital.

GO Play discount – 10%

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Road Trips

If you are planning on taking a drive to Wellington, make sure you check out some of our awesome road trip itineraries that will let you in on some of the best activities and sights on New Zealand’s most popular routes. From 3 day to 28-day road trips, you can find something to suit your travel plans and make sure you see the very best of what New Zealand has to offer.

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GO Play activities in this area

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    Aerial Forest Adventure

    Aerial obstacle course. Each level is harder than the last, conquer them and claim your bragging rights. Book direct - use your GO Play card

    Okowai Road, Porirua. Tel: +64 4 237 8553

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    Personalised Tours

    "Tours include Wellington full or half day. LOTR, Kapiti, Wairarapa, Wine and craft beer. Book direct - use your GO Play card"

    We will pick you up. Tel: 021 280 2406