Where to see Christmas lights in Auckland, plus more festive activities

by India Hendrikse / 13 December, 2017

Kahoa Kakala: Sione Monu

Objectspace, until Sun 18 Feb 2018

Mangere-based artist Sione Monu’s work centres around the Tongan art of flower designing, known as nimamea’a tuikakala. Focussing on garlands, Monu weaves together his cultural history from Tonga and Aotearoa, exploring the spiritual and ecological contexts of art making in both countries. 13 Rose Rd, Ponsonby

Sol3 Mio: Christmas in the Vines

Villa Maria Estate, Sat 23 Dec

‘Tis the season. Brothers Pene and Amitai Pati and their cousin Moses Mackay (right) will sing your favourite festive tunes. 118 Montgomerie Rd, Mangere

Golden Dawn Christmas Market

Golden Dawn, Thu 21 Dec

Last minute Christmas shopping? Check. The Golden Dawn Christmas Market boasts a range of crafts and special DJs. 134 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby


Logan Campbell Centre, 9 Jan 2018

Making waves in the R&B genre, American singer SZA, aka Solana Imani Rowe, has earned herself a legion of fans with her debut album Ctrl, released this year. 217 Green Lane, Epsom

Into the Underworld

Silo 6, until Sun 24 Dec

An art-science collaboration that follows two years of 3D LiDAR mapping in the lava caves that exist beneath Auckland. Immersive panoramic prints inside the silos at Silo Park will transport you to the underworld. Cnr Jellicoe and Beaumont St,  Wynyard Quarter

Franklin Road Christmas Lights

Franklin Rd, until Tue 26 Dec

They say the best things in life are free, and the Franklin Road Christmas Lights definitely bring truth to the saying. Wander up the road and pick your favourite house, then hit up Ben & Jerry’s on Ponsonby Road for a late-night ice cream. Franklin Rd, Ponsonby

Pilot Season

Basement Theatre, until Sat 16 Dec

Your favourite comedians from weekly live comedy night Snort, including Laura Daniel and Alice Snedden, are coming together to battle it out. The best improv gag wins. Lower Greys Ave, central city

And Friends

Galatos, Tue 19 Dec

Musicians Thomston, E^ST (right), Balu Brigada, Yukon Era and Inside Voices come together for this sweet gig at Galatos. They’ll be showcasing new tunes, so make sure you’re in the know. 17 Galatos St, K’ Rd precinct

Christmas Lights at MOTAT

MOTAT, Fri 15-Sun 24 Dec

For just two bucks per person, head into MOTAT to see the grounds and buildings illuminated by an array of fairy lights. A great family event. 805 Great North Rd,  Western Springs

Dirty Girl’s Daydream

Ivan Anthony Gallery, Fri 15-Fri 22 Dec

Naughty, silly and empowering, Rea Burton’s exhibition depicts women in absolute ownership of their bodies. Paintings on canvas and resin come together with clay sculptures, showing women in a variety of poses, including spurting breast milk into a bucket. 312 Karangahape Rd


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