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Weekend of Christmas festivities on Lambton Quay

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A Very Welly Christmas – the family-friendly festival which stretches along Lambton Quay – will be back this weekend, and bigger and better than last year.

Highlights range from the Santa Parade and carol singing to food trucks and face painting, skating, snowballs and circus performers. The event will also showcase local acts and artists on stages along the route.

Mayor Justin Lester says this event is a great way to kick-off summer fun in the capital.

“The countdown to Christmas has begun, and it’s an exciting time of year for Wellingtonians, especially those with young families,” says Mayor Lester. “Santa will be a highlight for the kids, but there will be lots to see and do for everyone along the Golden Mile. Wellingtonians love seeing the city abuzz, and I’m looking forward to this weekend being exactly like that.”

The Santa Parade will be leaving from Ballance Street to David Jones at midday on both days of the event. Festivities will be spread throughout the retail sector with a new initiative happening during shop hours. Very Welly Shopping will see local stores offering specials and discounts.

There’ll be a free crèche in Stout Street and gift wrapping services for donations on Johnston Street, as Christmas is also a time for giving, says City Events senior advisor, David Daniela.

“We’re pleased to be bringing A Very Welly Christmas back to the capital, with support from David Jones, and we’re proud to announce the Wellington Hospital Children’s Ward as our charity for 2017. We encourage everyone to dig deep when they see the official collectors over the weekend – and spread a bit of festive cheer to some kids who need it this Christmas,” adds David.

Lambton Quay from Whitmore Street to Willis Street will be closed for all traffic from midnight Friday to midnight Sunday.

The Traffic Management Team advise motorists travelling north along Willis St to avoid the section between Boulcott St and Lambton Quay. Motorists who choose to use this part of Willis St can expect significant delays due to the merge of Customhouse Quay and Jervois Quay.

Event attendees should consider using the Clifton Terrace carpark as this is accessible via The Terrace and is a short walk to the event on Lambton Quay.

To find out more about the event, maps and schedules, how this affects public transport, road closures, parking restrictions, and accessibility to the area, please visit www.averywellychristmas.co.nz