Kirihimete Decoration Creation Competition

The tamariki of Waihōpai are being asked to help as Santa’s elves have become the latest to feel the pinch of global supply chain issues.  

City children and their whānau are being asked to help decorate the Invercargill Civic Christmas Trees using natural, found waterproof materials and to be in to win a family fun day prize pack 

The elves have informed Council that many of the Civic tree decorations had been broken or damaged and replacement decorations were being held up in transit.  

Elves have a lot of sway with the global postal service but chose to focus on necessary equipment for crucial toy business.  

🎅 We need your help

Children have been asked to help by creating decorations to be hung on the Civic trees in Windsor, Bluff and South City, using environmentally-friendly materials. The large Civic tree usually in Wachner Place would this year stand proud at the Feldwick Gates.  

The elves have suggested children to explore their backyards, the beach and the city’s parks to find natural materials to turn into decorations, such as pinecone angels with leaves for wings or stars made from twigs and pressed flowers. 

Natural and waterproof materials are encouraged to protect the decorations from Southland’s wild weather as well as any peckish reindeer.  

The decorations would also help bring cheer to the city especially as the decorative lights could not strung across the main streets because of the City Streets and Invercargill Central construction.

Entries close 16 December 2022.


✨ Inspiration

Check out some of these cool ideas to get your creative juices flowing:


🎁 Drop off your creation and be in to win

Decorations can be dropped off at:

  • Invercargill Public Library
  • Splash Palace
  • Civic Administration Building
  • He Waka Tuia
  • Bluff Service Centre
  • The Pantry    

When you drop your decoration remember to fill in an entry form to ensure you are in to win. All entries will be in the draw to win a Family Adventure Day in the City.

Entries close 16 December. The decorations will be hung and winners announced on 20 December. 


🙋 Have questions?