Open Air

Enjoy the arts outdoors soaking in the summer vibes.

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Festive Fun

Let us help you get into the holiday spirit with extra big dose of Christmas cheer.

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Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series 2023

Your annual line-up of renowned local, national and international musicians playing a curated selection of lunchtime concerts in the picturesque Great Hall.

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Make the most of your visit to The Arts Centre by enjoying one on of our arts, culture, shopping and food-filled visitor itineraries.

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Welcome to The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.

Dating back to 1877, The Arts Centre has a rich history and an exciting future.

Located in the heart of Ōtautahi Christchurch, The Arts Centre is an Aotearoa New Zealand landmark – home to galleries, museums, cinemas, boutique retailers, artisan eateries and bars, engaging events, stunning venues and much more.

Festive Fun

Wednesday 6 - Sunday 17 December 2023

Let us help you get into the holiday spirit with extra big dose of Christmas cheer.

Guided Walking Tours

Wednesdays - Sundays Clock Tower

Enjoy a 90-minute guided walking tour of The Arts Centre. Discover the rich history of this place.

Open Air

October 2023 - February 2024 Arts Centre wide

Enjoy the arts outdoors soaking in the summer vibes.

Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups

Sunday 15 October, 12 November & 10 December 2023 Engineering

The cosiest nights of the year. Snuggle up with a hot chocolate as Lizzie Tollemache's smoke and honey voice tells you folktales by candlelight.

Toi Toi Opera - A Christmas Carol

Sunday 17 December 2023 North Quad

Just in time for Christmas, Toi Toi Opera brings you an operatic telling of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.


A Woolston Brass Christmas

Sunday 10 December 2023 North Quad

Celebrate Christmas with the entire Woolston Brass family.


A Christmas Fandango

Sunday 10 December 2023 Great Hall

Philip Aldridge and Juanita Hepi present a selection of Christmas writings to amuse and edify.

A Very Jazzy Christmas

Wednesday 13 December 2023 Great Hall

Get ready to swing into the festive season as Symposium Dectet and guest vocalists present a sensational Christmas concert.

Carols around the Piano

Wednesday 6 & 13 December 2023 Great Hall

Sing to your hearts content in a traditional Christmas singalong around the piano with Arts Centre creative director and pianist, Chris Archer.


New Zealand-made homewares and gifts.

Frances Nation is a store specialising in Aotearoa New Zealand-made homewares and gifts of quality craftsmanship, authenticity and longevity.

Frances Nation Home

Ground floor, Boys’ High,

Worcester Boulevard

Open 7 days, 10:00AM - 5:00PM