It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in Tauranga, with many festivities planned around the city.

Tauranga City Council city events manager Gareth Wallis said encouraged families to visit the many festive events scheduled during the Christmas holidays.

Wallis said the council had partnered with The Incubator to bring the Twelve Trees of Christmas to the city centre.

The project involved 12 wooden trees decorated by more than 20 community groups and schools which were on display at the waterfront and Red Square until mid-January 2018.


Downtown Tauranga also had a Santa Wonderland in Goddard's Shopping Centre open 10am-4pm daily between Monday to Saturday until December 23.

On offer is Santa's float from the Trustpower Christmas Parade, life-sized reindeer, Christmas displays, digital displays and videos games, a Christmas craft making table, along with special appearances from Santa Claus and snow will be all around.

"Santa will also be there on Saturday's 11.30am to 2pm and daily in the week leading up to Christmas," Wallis said.

Merry Christmas to everyone from the Bay of Plenty Times editorial team.

*Not an exhaustive list


■Saturday, December 16
What: A Night Before Christmas
Where: Bethlehem College
When: 5pm-10pm
Price: Free

■Sunday, December 17
What: Christmas Nine Lessons and Carols Service
Where: St Peter's Anglican Church
When: 7pm-8.30pm
Price: Free

■Thursday, December 21
What: Christmas Night Market at Santa's Wonderland
Where: Goddards Shopping Centre
When: 5pm-8pm

■Saturday, December 23
What: The Mount Xmas Party
Where: Totara Street Performance Venue
When: 8pm-late
Early Bird: $10
General Admission: $19

■Saturday, December 23
What: Te Puke Christmas In the Park — Food Bank Appeal
Where: Jubilee Park, Te Puke
When: 3pm-7pm
Price: Free

■Sunday, December 24
What: Christmas Eve Children's Service
Where: St George's Anglican Church, Gate Pa
When: 7pm

■Sunday, December 24
What: Midnight Mass and Carols
Where: St George's Anglican Church, Gate Pa
When: 11pm-12.30am
Price: Free

■Monday, December 25
What: Christmas Day Family Eucharist
Where: St George's Anglican Church, Gate Pa
When: 9am

■Tuesday, December 26, to Saturday, January 6
What: Mount Summer Carnival
Where: Blake Park
When: 6pm-10pm
Door sales only