What's on in Geraldine & South Canterbury

  • YMCA Oscar Holiday Programme

    YMCA Oscar Holiday Programme

    Timaru South School, Timaru, South Canterbury

    Mon 21 Dec - Tue 22 Dec / Children, Kids, Holidays

    This holiday programme is packed with awesomely fun activities and community trips & visits at no extra cost! Family-friendly and kid-safe, delivered in a fun learning environment. Winz subsidies are available for Read More

  • Summer Music Gig

    Summer Music Gig

    Speights Ale House, Timaru, South Canterbury

    Fri 27 Nov - Wed 23 Dec / Music Festivals

    Speights ale house and street food kitchen present summer music gig with variety of music to make the Christmas season more delightful and merrisome. Join in the happy music atmosphere with your friends and family. Grab Read More

  • Tradies Week Festival

    Tradies Week Festival

    Speights Ale House, Timaru, South Canterbury

    Thu 17 Dec - Wed 23 Dec / Festivals

    Tradies is about to get even better. Street Food Kitchen and The Speight's Ale House are organizing Tradies Week Festival with live music every day. Get yourself a drink or buy some delicious celebrate and enjoy the Read More

  • Twilight Christmas Market

    Twilight Christmas Market

    Timaru Artisan Farmers Market, Timaru, South Canterbury

    Tue 22 Dec / Markets and Fairs

    Come and join us for our Twilight Christmas Market. With over 60 stalls with a great range Season Fruit and Vegetables, Local Produce, Flowers, Baking and a great range of local Artisan Crafts for your last minute Read More

  • Christmas Lights

    Christmas Lights

    Life Church, Timaru, South Canterbury

    Tue 22 Dec / Festivals

    A Free Community Event for the whole family organized by the Life Church Timaru. A lot of fun activities and food -Hot Choc, Carols, Crafts, petting zoo, photo booth and much more. Read More

  • Pat Currie - Tideline

    Pat Currie - Tideline

    Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru, South Canterbury

    Sat 12 Dec - Sun 14 Feb 2021 / Fine Art

    South Canterbury artist Pat Currie’s latest exhibition reveals the major influences and progressions of her work over the last 20 years. Often inspired by the rugged New Zealand coastline, her delicate and sensual Read More

  • Judy Millar - Eleven

    Judy Millar - Eleven

    Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru, South Canterbury

    Sat 12 Dec - Sun 21 Feb 2021 / Contemporary Art

    Judy Millar’s exhibition, Eleven, is a response to an exhibition, titled Ten Big Paintings, that opened at the Auckland Art Gallery in 1971. The exhibition gave ten New Zealand artists the opportunity to produce Read More

  • Twilight Christmas Shopping Geraldine

    Twilight Christmas Shopping Geraldine

    Geraldine Town & Country Club, Geraldine, South Canterbury

    Wed 23 Dec / Markets and Fairs

    Soak up the festive spirit and get your last-minute Christmas shopping completed. Stroll the boutique retailers in the centre of town, enjoy craft stalls, get your fresh festive produce from the Farmers Market or Read More

  • TRADIE DAY 2020

    TRADIE DAY 2020

    Richard Pearse Tavern, Timaru, South Canterbury

    Wed 23 Dec / Open Mic, Jams

    We are having a party to celebrate the Christmas and new-year period with a tradie day. Read More

  • Timaru Artisan Farmers Market

    Timaru Artisan Farmers Market

    Te Ana Maori Rock Art Centre, Timaru, South Canterbury

    Sat 10 Oct - Sat 24 Apr 2021 / Markets and Fairs

    Come and join us at the Timaru Artisan Farmers Market. We are a weekly Saturday morning market with a mixture of Farmers Market products and local Crafts. We are very excited that we are having between 30 and 45 Read More

  • Community Christmas Dinner

    Community Christmas Dinner

    Caroline Bay Hall, Timaru, South Canterbury

    Fri 25 Dec / Festivals

    Are you new to Timaru? Join us for a free Christmas meal for anyone wanting company on Christmas day. Everyone is welcome to attend on Christmas Day for a delicious Christmas meal at the Bay Hall. Book early...last Read More

  • Caroline Bay Carnival

    Caroline Bay Carnival

    Caroline Bay Timaru, Timaru, South Canterbury

    Sat 26 Dec - Sun 10 Jan 2021 / Family Entertainment

    Welcome to the Caroline Bay Association website. The changes we made last year will continue with concert times at 2 pm and 7 pm each day this year. This programme is now online for the 16-day carnival this year. So Read More

  • Steam Train Operating

    Steam Train Operating

    Pleasant Point Museum and Railway, Pleasant Point, South Canterbury

    Thu 2 Jan 2020 - Sun 24 Jan 2021 / Museums

    We are back open after the COVID pandemic, so come to visit us. Bring the family and visit this multi-award-winning attraction, built along 2km of the former Fairlie branch line, and preserves local and railway Read More

  • Pleasant Point Railway & Historical Society Guided Tours

    Pleasant Point Railway & Historical Society Guided Tours

    Pleasant Point Museum and Railway, Pleasant Point, South Canterbury

    Sun 27 Dec - Sun 27 Feb 2022 / Museums

    Come, step back in time with a ride on a Model T Ford railcar and museum guided tour, with the driver giving a special personalized 45-minute conducted tour around our site. Including an interactive model railway, 2 Read More

  • Christmas Running Days - Pleasant Point Rail

    Christmas Running Days - Pleasant Point Rail

    Pleasant Point Museum and Railway, Pleasant Point, South Canterbury

    Sun 27 Dec - Mon 28 Dec / Museums

    Come out to visit blow off some steam after Christmas. Bring the kids to show them how people lived yesteryear. Step back in time and experience what it is was like to travel back in the 1920s. Travel in style behind Read More

  • Timaru Races - Phar Lap Raceway

    Timaru Races - Phar Lap Raceway

    Phar Lap Raceway, Timaru, South Canterbury

    Mon 28 Dec / Horse Racing

    The best of galloping action will be at Phar Lap Raceway on 28 December. A great family day out - all children's activities are free! For the kids there is: - Bouncy castle - Colouring in competition - Running Read More

  • Christmas Races Family Day

    Christmas Races Family Day

    Phar Lap Raceway, Timaru, South Canterbury

    Mon 28 Dec / Family Entertainment

    South Canterbury Racing club is hosting Christmas Races Family Day with Timaru Cup Day, Family Activities, Fashions in the Field, Lucky Punter Draws and more. All kids activities Free. So take your time out at the Phar Read More

  • B&G Caroline Bay

    B&G Caroline Bay

    Caroline Bay Soundshell, Timaru, South Canterbury

    Tue 29 Dec / Open Mic, Jams

    This year we are excited to be apart of the Summer Music at Caroline Bay, Elly's hometown! With incredible sound and a well-run event, this is sure to be an hour of entertainment you don't want to miss! For more Read More

  • New Year's Eve at The Green Man

    New Year's Eve at The Green Man

    The Green Man at Peel Forrest, Geraldine, South Canterbury

    Thu 31 Dec / Covers, Tribute Bands

    Join us to say goodbye to 2020 and welcome in 2021! Let's hope it's a good one! Geraldine band Boru will be playing from 8:30pm during dinner and will get the place rocking after dinner to see us into the New Year. Read More

  • New Years Eve Party

    New Years Eve Party

    The Village Inn Geraldine, Geraldine, South Canterbury

    Thu 31 Dec / Bar DJs

    Celebrate your New Years Eve night with Live Band "Mama Rock" They play nothing but 'bangers' from 70's to today! Get ready to have some fun. Tag in with your friends and family to enjoy the music with great food and Read More

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Geraldine has a number of annual events throughout the year, from multi-sport through to cultural and social. Our events calendar has all the details for each of these events, including ticketing and location information.


Geraldine Lions Multi Sport Event

The Geraldine Multi Challenge, previously known as the Geraldine Bike Challenge is a multi-discipline event for bike riders, runners and walkers, of both sexes and all ages. Families are particularly welcome as are serious athletes. In fact there is a category for everyone no matter what your ability. All are welcome. The event is organised by the Geraldine Lions Club with all profits going to the Lions Club of Geraldine Charitable Trust for donation to charitable causes.


Geraldine Ukefest

Unlike most ukulele festivals, Geraldine Ukefest is a popular winter event that warms up an otherwise chilly season. Since its inception in 2013, it has grown to attract recognition both nationally and internationally. The four day event offers a mix of performance opportunities, workshops and concerts featuring headline acts.

Geraldine Winterlights Festival

The Geraldine Winterlights Festival lights up the beautiful boutique town over the July winter holidays with a large outdoor event for the whole family on the Saturday of the Festival, with a large market comprising arts & crafts stalls, a wide variety of food stalls, a snow mountain, games and entertainment for children, live music and dance, a fire show and a fireworks display. Great winter fun for the whole family.


Geraldine Summer Fete

Treat yourself a day out enjoying the country air and views near our small boutique town at the Geraldine Summer Fete.  Hosted in the historic and picturesque Stover gardens, this unique shopping opportunity is a sensational day out for all, so bring your friends and family or come alone and enjoy.

Woodbury Hill Country Challenge

New to the stable of outdoor events for Geraldine, the Hill Country Challenge offers walking, running and mountain biking options from the leisurely historic Station Stroll through to the serious participant's course.  Enjoy sweeping views of the Canterbury Plains as you ride, run or walk across historic Orari Gorge Station.

Geraldine Festival (Formerly known as the Arts & Plants Festival)

The Annual Geraldine Festival is a three day event commencing with the Alpine Energy Art Awards which draw entries from around New Zealand. Friday is the renowned Boulevard Market where people stock up on plants and unique crafts while the Saturday Market Day in the Domain is a must for early Christmas shoppers and for families enjoying entertainment on the Domain Oval. The festival is the biggest event on the Geraldine Calendar and must-do!


Geraldine Farmers Market

Each Saturday morning from October to April the Geraldine Farmers Market is open from 9 am to 12.30 pm with a range of stalls to tantalize the taste buds.  Set in the leafy splendour of St Mary's Churchyard on Talbot St the market boasts live music, great coffee and plenty of seating to enjoy the atmosphere and watch the world go by.

Geraldine Christmas Parade

Bring the family, friends and even co-workers to this wonderful parade through the streets of Geraldine.  Come early, browse the shops, stop for coffee and get your spot.  Entertainment afterwards and lots of awards/prizes so plan for the whole evening out. For those of you that would like to partake in the Annual Christmas Parade please contact Janene Adams 027 555 6524 or email info@geraldine.nz

Christmas in Geraldine, a Twilight Shopping Experience

Held in December, the whole town of Geraldine gets festive with market stalls, fresh farmers market produce, music and entertainment plus all retailers are open with great gift ideas. Come and get that last minute special gift, soak up the festive atmosphere or dine al fresco at one of our delicious eateries.

Around the Region 

There are always plenty of events happening right around our lovely region.  To find out what's on further afield check out the events calendar at www.southcanterbury.org.nz.