Festive Fun

Don't get your tinsel in a tangle, ring in the festive season with some joy, laughter and Christmas cheer.

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Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series 2021

Enjoy a remarkable line-up of renowned local, national and international artists performing in a beautiful heritage venue.

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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.

World made of steel, made of stone

6 November – 12 December 2021 Ground floor, Registry Additions

The Physics Room presents World made of steel, made of stone. This is an exhibition about making and how it can locate us.


With Flying Colours

Monday 29 November to Sunday 12 December First floor, Boys’ High

The annual exhibition and sale of hand-crafted jewellery made by members of the Silversmiths’ Guild of Canterbury. 


Arborworlds by Bing Dawe

Thursday 18 November - Sunday 19 December 2021 Library

Join The Central Art Gallery as they showcase local artist, Bing Dawe.


A Christmas Carol

Tuesday 14 December Great Hall

Listen to The Arts Centre’s Director, and former theatre and television actor, Philip Aldridge read selections from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, accompanied by Creative Director Chris Archer

Carols around the piano

Thursday 16 & Tuesday 21 December Great Hall

Join accomplished vocalist Naomi Ferguson and pianist Chris Archer in an old-fashioned carol singalong around the piano.

Dramatic Skies 3: Cirrus by NZTrio

Thursday 16 December Great Hall

Cirrus sweeps us into the heights of Schubert’s musical charm, shifting us into Rachel Clement’s glassmaking inspired sound world.

Festive Fun

Sunday 5 - Tuesday 21 December Arts Centre wide

Join us this festive season for pop-up carolling, concerts, singalongs, performances and Christmas shopping.

Jennine Bailey (jazz vocalist) and Tom Rainey (piano)

6th December 2021

Jennine and Tom have performed as a duo throughout New Zealand for many years, and have collaborated on various recording projects. Join them as they share some of their favourite melodies.

Cubbin Concert at the Great Hall

Wednesday 8 Dec 2021 Great Hall

Join Cubbin Theatre Company and a live band of musicians for a 50 minute concert of your favourite nursery rhymes, original Cubbin tunes and a few surprises for children under 5.

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

First floor, Boys’ High,

Worcester Boulevard

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