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Your high five events for Monday 26 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App.

Joy is… Christmas at Capital E (4 Queens Wharf). Celebrate for free in the Dream House, designed by children and built by BCITO apprentices, featuring a slide, turrets, furry and glittery walls and a floor made from lava. Children will jump up and down in wonder and delight. Nearby, in the woods you can set up a tent in Camp Cheer. Pack your backpack, have a picnic, read a book under the trees and celebrate nature and being together. Joy is on from today through to Saturday 22 December, from 9.30am to 3.30pm daily (except Sunday).

Visit David Jones’ store at 165-177 Lambton Quay, every day from 9.30am to 5.30pm up until Christmas Eve to get your child’s photo taken with Santa. Bookings are essential on this page (click the A-Wellington box, then Continue).

The Ship ‘N Chip Tour starts with a guided tour through Wellington Museum (3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf), followed by a classic Kiwi fish’n’chip lunch, before setting forth across the harbour to visit Matiu/Somes Island, where you can explore at your leisure before returning to the city. The Tour is running every day from 11.00am, with the return trip from Matiu/Somes at 3.45pm (optional return at 2.00pm on the weekends), and continues until 11 March 2019, so there’s plenty of time to plan and book your trip here (adults $55.00, children $39.00). Call 04 472 8904 or email for more information.

Kia ora koutou! Nau mai, haere mai ki tēnei kohi pūtea mo Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna! See one of New Zealand’s greatest-ever films, and raise funds for Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna at a special screening of Barry Barclay’s 1987 fim Ngati, the first feature film conceived, directed, produced and acted by Māori. The screening at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision includes a complimentary soft drink and snacks with each $25.00 ticket; arrive 6.00pm for the movie at 6.30pm. Email for tickets.

Plant-Based Chocolate Tasting acknowledges that chocolate’s most important ingredient is cacao, and that the chocolate to be tasted tonight at Hillside Kitchen + Cellar (241 Tinakori Rd, Thorndon) has cacao as the central focus. All of the chocolate at the tasting is dairy-free and vegan, in keeping with Hillside’s recent move to a plant-focused and meat-free menu, and uses additional natural ingredients in a unique way, whether it be fruit, nuts, flowers, spices or any number of unusual inclusions. Taste ten of the highest quality and most ethical chocolates in the world, and find out about the ethos behind the craft chocolate movement. The event runs from 7.00 to 8.30pm; you can book $30.00 tickets here.