It’s time to grab a rug, pack a picnic hamper and head into the city to catch a film, with the 2019-20 Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema at The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora kicking off on 13 December.
Films for all ages will be screened on two dates each summer month in the picturesque North Quad – immersing cinemagoers in one of New Zealand’s landmark locations surrounded by stunning heritage buildings.
Films showing this year include The Lion King (2019), Paddington, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Sione’s Wedding, Elf, The Truman Show, Dumbo (2019) and perennial festive favourite Love Actually.
Leighs Construction Managing Director Anthony Leighs says the organisation is honoured to be working on what is one of the country’s most significant clusters of heritage buildings. “We continue to support the Outdoor Cinema as we believe it is a great initiative to reinvigorate people’s love for the city, enabling the community to come together to enjoy an evening of great movies, and an even better backdrop with the historic buildings that surround them.”
Cinema nights are on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 December 2019, Friday 24 and Saturday 25 January 2020, and Friday 7 and Saturday 8 February 2020. Child-friendly family films will start at 5:30pm followed by movies for adults at 8pm.
Entry is by koha/donation, which will go directly toward The Arts Centre’s $259 million restoration programme. As an independent charitable trust, the earthquake-damaged centre relies upon donations, gifts and sponsorship to complete the enormous heritage project.
The city comes to life in the summer months, as we emerge from hibernation mode and prepare for some fun in the sun. Canterbury doesn’t disappoint, with a wide range of events to sweeten up the summer. So get your glad rags ready with our range of summer sweeteners.
1 December to 23 December, 2018
Meet Santa every weekend from Saturday 1 December until Sunday 23 December, from 10am to 2pm at Boys’ High.
THE NORTH CANTERBURY WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
10 March, 2019 Celebrate the autumn harvest in style at the coolest little wine festival in New Zealand. Discover seasonal flavours at an eclectic range of food stalls, sample an incredible selection of premium North Canterbury wines, and tap your feet to a sweet line up of local live music under the oaks at Glenmark Domain in North Canterbury.
TWILIGHT IN THE CENTRAL CITY
14 December, 2018 The central city is buzzing with the festive feeling so head in and soak up the warm summer days as you tick off your gift list, from 6pm to 8pm. The central city will be buzzing with festivities and magical Christmas elves will be out in full force. Follow the Pockets of Awesome Facebook page for more information.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
1 December to 22 December, 2018
Completely sold-out for the last two years, The Court Jesters’ fun, family-friendly and interactive version of A Christmas Carol is quickly establishing itself as a must-do Christchurch Christmas tradition at the Pub Charity Studio at The Court Theatre. Find out more at www.courttheatre.org.nz
LEIGHS CONSTRUCTION OUTDOOR CINEMA
25 to 26 January, 2019 The beloved summer tradition of Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema returns to the Arts Centre te Matatiki Toi Ora for another sizzling season. Films for all ages will be screened on two dates each summer month in the picturesque North Quad – immersing cinemagoers in one of New Zealand’s landmark locations surrounded by stunning heritage buildings.
CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT
13 to 15 December, 2018 The Court Youth company presents Children of the Night. Brought to you by the co-creator of the original Christchurch Ghost Walk, this is an immersive horror experience where you accompany the characters from the greatest vampire story ever told as they hunt down the monster that became a legend. Tickets from www.courttheatre.org.nz.
ARMSTRONG PRESTIGE HAGLEY PARK POLO CLASSIC
27 January, 2019 The Armstrong Prestige Hagley Park Polo Classic is returning to Christchurch. More than 2,500 attendees headed in for the first year and for 2019, this is expected to be bigger and better than ever before. Visit