Plenty of action in Hamilton’s CBD over summer


Summer in Hamilton’s CBD is going to be hot and packed with free entertainment for the public. Hamilton Central Business Association (HCBA) General Manager Vanessa Williams is delighted to see the events, activities and activations being brought in to the central city over the coming months and believes the public’s expectation of a thriving city is being met with what is on offer.

It started with the lighting of the Hamilton Christmas Tree in Garden Place and continues through December and into the New Year.

Sunday December 9 ends a week of activities on a high with the annual First Credit Union Christmas Parade on Anglesea Street at 2pm. Over 80 colourful floats will travel down the street along with crazy characters, lively marching bands, dance troupes, ethnic groups and of course Santa Claus.

There are two markets offering great Christmas gift opportunities; the Creators Artist Market on December 14 at Victoria on the River and the Makers Market on December 21, while there will be lunchtime live music in Garden Place from December 14-22.

Christmas celebrations continue in the city with the Waikato Filipino Association showcasing and sharing the Filipino Christmas spirit and festivity through the First Pasko sa Nayon (Christmas in the city) event on December 15. 

Stories in the Garden will also be held that day and evening live music will start at Victoria on the River up until Christmas. 

The same weekend the CBD will also play host to the premiere event of the Hamilton parkour calendar – HamJam. This annual Hamilton parkour gathering is an open invite for any parkour practitioners to attend and explore Hamilton and the surrounding region’s architecture and will be run concurrently with the New Zealand Tricking Gathering. 

The event is hosted by Parkour NZ in association with its member organisation Core MMA and will also include a two hour public workshop from 12-2pm in Civic Square on December 16. Kids or adults can come along and learn how to negotiate obstacles in the natural environment by running, jumping and climbing.

Embassy Park, now hosting free monthly outdoor movie nights, will end the year with Mamma Mia on December 27. The movie nights will continue in 2019 on the last Thursday of every month.

The new year is also set to offer a great line up of events and activities for the CBD including welcoming back the 2019 HSBC NZ Sevens on January 26 and 27. Whether on a vacation or a staycation in Hamilton over Summer, to see a full calendar of fun in the CBD for the whole family visit


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