With over 16 different free activities/experiences to enjoy be sure to bring your friends and family to join you on Te Ara Kirihimete – The Path of Christmas.
Wear your hat, have your water bottle and an umbrella, then follow (and count) the ‘Stars of Christmas’ as you wind your way from the Sustainability Centre, through Alison Park, Artworks, Oneroa High Street, Oneroa Beach and finish your journey at St Peter’s Church. The Christmas bus will be provided at 9pm to return people to their cars/homes from St Peter’s.
- Sustainability Centre 4 – 6pm
Eco Christmas Gifts with Waste Resource Trust Contribute to a clean green Christmas. Come along and make useful eco gifts – deodorant, toothpaste, bees wax wraps and learn how to Japanese cloth wrapping
Bake it forward with Kai Conscious
One of the great delights of the festive season are all the yummy treats. Come along and help kitchen maestro Kathy Voyles bake delicious Christmas cookies….for some one else. No long faces, as you’ll receive a sweet treat from kindness paid forward.
Islands of Sanctuary with Te Korowai O Waiheke
Summer is an important time for the fauna of our motu and Te Korowai Waiheke has created a fabulous interactive game, ‘Island Sanctuaries’ that focuses on taking care of our native birds. Children can select one of ten native birds, decorate and then help them journey across the Hauraki Gulf – in a fun hybrid game of stuck of the mud and chase.
- Alison Park 4 – 6pm
Maui & Tama-nui-te-rā – Interactive Theatre
At this time of year Tama-nui-te-rā, the sun, is making his way back to his summer wife Hine Raumati. Along the way he meets Maui who has a few things to say to the Te Ra and his hikoi across the sky and needs some help to enact his plan.
Join us on Tuatara’s Quest to connect with the trees through the hills of Alison Park and into swamps below…
“The tallest local, with numbers low…
can live a thousand years or so
Without the plague of human hands,
Above the canopy she stands”
Who will we meet along the way? A rapping Kaka, a pohutukawa fairy or perhaps a duck who is madly in love…
- Artworks 4 – 6pm
Christmas Crackers – Song and stories of Christmas (Waiheke Library)
Share a New Zealand children’s picture book with well known & loved Waihekeians and Christmas Karaoke with Nooroa Te Hira.
Kirihimete Poi (Waiheke Adult Learning)
Haere mai! Come along and learn how to make poi and waiata to sing with your poi.
Santa’s Grotto & Christmas Café (Artworks Theater)
Come and enjoy a fully northern Santa Grotto complete with a Christmas Café serving festive treats and a miniature northern Christmas village. Bring your phone to take a photo of your children with Santa.
Santa has a gift for every child.
‘Home Grown Waiheke Christmas Stories (Waiheke Small Cinema)
A fabulous filmed collection of stories created by local educational groups using the Story House -a technique drawing upon traditional Japanese kamishibai.
The Christmas Plum Mystery, Santa’s Waiheke Christmas, We Wish Shoe a Merry Christmas and more.
Contributions from Waiheke Primary, Talking Tree Hill, Waiheke Adult Learning Friday Art Class, Awaawaroa Eco Village and the Waiheke Kindergarten.
Seasonal stories served with free popcorn.
The Community Christmas Tree Project – The Knit Before Christmas (Library)
At 5pm in the Artworks Courtyard Library the Community Christmas Tree will be unveiled. Dozens of people throughout the island have knitted, crocheted and felted 200 plus squares to create this tree. Please bring a non perishable food item to leave under the tree for donation to Waiheke Budgeting Services.
Tick Tock Face Painting – Artworks Courtyard
The fabulous Tick Tock face painters will also be in residence giving you a free festive face before you head down the hill to the Oneroa Village to judge the Christmas Trees of Oneroa.
- Oneroa Village 4 – 6pm
Choose your favourite Christmas Tree, from the forest created by the Oneroa businesses, as you enjoy interactive street theater and music.
- Oneroa Beach 6 – 7.00 pm
Come and enjoy a free sausage sizzle on Oneroa Beach from 6pm. Register your vote for you your favourite Christmas Tree and your star count to be in to win spot prizes. Grab some friends/family and make Christmas sand sculpture. Santa and his elves will be arriving at 6.30pm on the vintage firetruck to judge the competition.
- Carols at St Peters 7.30 – 9.00pm
Process along the beach and coastal walkway to St Peters for a sing along of Christmas Carols led by the the combined choirs of Sister Shout, V12 and Waiheke Coral Society.
Then join Dark Skies Waiheke and see if you can pick out the Christmas Star from the heavens before hopping on Robbie’s double decker red Christmas bus and getting a lift back up to Oneroa (stopping at Oneroa Village, Artworks and Mako Street)