Saturday, December 9, 2023

CHRISTMAS Sundial Square, Richmond - Today




Festive Fun at Pak’n’Save Richmond Community Christmas Party!

Richmond is buzzing with excitement as Love Richmond and GK Events Hire bring you the Pak’n’Save Richmond Community Christmas Party – a spectacular event to make your holiday season merry and bright!

Date and Time:

Get ready for a day filled with joy on Saturday, December 9th, from 1 pm to 5 pm, at Sundial Square. Santa has exciting news straight from the North Pole, and he's making it up to everyone who missed the Pak’N’Save Richmond Santa Parade, which unfortunately had to be canceled.

A Festive Afternoon for All:

Immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas with an array of activities, including games, face painting, balloons, music, dancing, and even free slushies! The festivities promise to keep you entertained and your spirits high throughout the afternoon.

Santa's Grand Appearance:

Santa himself will be in Sundial Square, ready to spread holiday cheer and create lasting memories. Don't miss the chance for a FREE photo opportunity with the jolly man in red – it's the perfect keepsake for the festive season.

Christmas Costume Contest:

Dress up in your most festive Christmas-themed costume and join the costume procession at 3 pm for a chance to win exciting prizes! Let your creativity shine as you become part of a cheerful parade of holiday attire.

Exciting Prizes Await:

In the spirit of giving, there's an opportunity to win a fantastic $250 Pak’n’Save voucher! Attend the party, join in the festivities, and you might just be the lucky winner of this incredible prize.

Heartfelt Thanks to Our Sponsors:

A heartfelt thank you goes out to our generous sponsors who have made this event possible. We extend our gratitude to Pak’N’Save, NBS, Nelson Pine Industries, Downer NZ, Nelson Santa Parade Trust, Richmond Mall, GK Events Hire, Media Works, Footprint Signs, Houston Motors, Gravity Events, Continental Events, and Harcourts.

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, December 9, 2023
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Location: Sundial Square, Richmond

Hosted by Richmond Unlimited and GK Events Hire:

This festive extravaganza is proudly brought to you by Love Richmond and GK Events Hire, working together to create a memorable and magical Christmas experience for the Richmond community.

Special Note:

This event is a heartwarming response to the cancellation of the Richmond Christmas Parade, ensuring that local children have the opportunity to see Santa and partake in the joy of the season. Join party in celebrating the season of joy, laughter, and community spirit at the Pak’n’Save Richmond Community Christmas Party. We look forward to seeing you there for an afternoon filled with festive delight!


Christmas in the Park and Multicultural Picnic

Celebrate a Multicultural Christmas in the Park on International Migrants Day!

This Christmas, experience the magic of the season with a unique and culturally rich celebration at Washbourn Gardens in Richmond. Join us on Saturday, December 16, for a heartwarming Christmas in the park that not only embraces the festive spirit but also pays tribute to International Migrants Day.

Event Highlights:

Commencing at 6 pm, the festivities kick off with a vibrant multicultural picnic, inviting the community to come together and share in the joy of the season. Families can indulge in delicious treats while enjoying family-friendly craft activities, setting the stage for a memorable evening.

Musical Extravaganza:

The celebration takes an international twist with an open mic session for musical performances, featuring special guests pianist Louis Lucas Perry and Samantha Baxter from NZ Musical Theatre. The enchanting melodies of the Nelson Brass Band, Salisbury Road, and the Take a Chance Choir will fill the air, presenting beloved Christmas songs that resonate with the holiday spirit.

Community Carol Singing:

At 8 pm, the grand carol singing begins, bringing everyone together in a harmonious celebration of the festive season. Attendees are encouraged to join in the merriment and sing along, with song lyric booklets provided for the audience.

Global Flavor at Open Mic:

During the open mic time from 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm, individuals are invited to share the joy of Christmas by performing a festive song in their mother language. This unique addition adds a global touch to the celebration, highlighting the diversity and unity within the community.

Santa Claus, Food Delights, and Kids Activities:

Get ready for a visit from Santa Claus, who will be spreading cheer and joy. Food trucks will be on-site, offering a variety of culinary delights, and there will be engaging activities for the little ones. Don't forget to bring a candle and your own reusable plates, containers, and cups to make this celebration environmentally friendly.

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, December 16, 2023
  • Time: 6:00 pm onwards
  • Location: Washbourn Gardens, Richmond

Rain Date:

In case of inclement weather, the event's rain date is Sunday, December 17, ensuring that the festive spirit remains undampened.


This multicultural Christmas celebration is proudly organized by the Tasman District Council and Welcoming Communities Tasman.

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Join us for a Christmas celebration that transcends borders and embraces the richness of cultural diversity. Let's make this holiday season a truly unforgettable experience for all!

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