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New Year’s Eve in Christchurch guide

As the third-largest city in New Zealand, Christchurch is a great place to spend New Year’s Eve.

A huge fireworks display in the city’s central park and several events around town means you can celebrate in any way you see fit. Here’s how, when and where to ring in the new year in Christchurch.

This year’s fireworks haven’t been confirmed yet. We’ll update this article when they are.

Where to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks in Christchurch

With just two main fireworks displays taking place in the city, one at 8pm for the kids and one at midnight, you can enjoy counting down to the new year twice.

LocationInformationEarly or midnight fireworks?Starting time
North Hagley ParkBefore the 8pm fireworks, families can enjoy children’s entertainment as well as a selection of food trucks. Live music from Dillastrate, Dolphin Friendly, The Black Seeds, SOLE Music Academy Artists and DJ Spinal and DJ Glitch in the System will keep you entertained until the midnight fireworks.Early and midnightEntertainment from 6.30pm. Kids countdown at 8pm. Fireworks at midnight.

Best New Year’s Eve festivals and events in Christchurch

  • The Edge NYE20: Give 2020 a right old send-off at North Hagley Park alongside The Black Seeds, Distillate, Dolphin Friend and more. Doors open at 6pm and the music plays until just after midnight. Free admission.
  • The Option Bistro & Wines: Count that clock down at The Option’s Countdown Party. It’s got all the good stuff from entertainment and a 4-course dinner to a welcome drink when you arrive and that mandatory glass of sparkling at midnight. Tickets $99pp.
  • The Vague as Brothers New Year’s Eve party: It’s been one heck of a year and you should finish it off smiling. So head to The Old Vicarage at 9.30pm to catch The Sultans of Swank, The Kings of Kitsch and The Vague As Brothers. Free admission.

Where to stay on New Year’s Eve in Christchurch

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