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All go for a Very Welly Christmas

The big tree went up on Courtenay Place on Sunday and this weekend Wellington will welcome Santa and his friends to the other end of town – Lambton Quay – for family-friendly fun.

The northern end of the Golden Mile will be transformed into a festive wonderland for the two-day festival with ice skating, circus acts, a snow dome, face painting, kids’ crafts, bubbles, dancers, and carols in Midland Park.

Christmas is also a time for giving, so dig deep and support the Wellington Children’s Hospital with a donation. Keep an eye out for collectors, who’ll be there with Hospi the Hospital Lion on both days. You can also bring your favourite cuddly toy to get repaired at the Hospi Clinic while you’re there.

To get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy the festivities over both days, visit  for what’s on and the festival map.

Much of Lambton Quay will be closed to vehicles during the event, so also check the website for information on public transport, parking and road closures.