Kiwiana Christmas in the City Centre

Invercargill’s City Centre will become a Kiwiana Christmas treat on Saturday, 8 December. when Esk Street is closed to traffic and hosts the Christmas Festival and Market from 10am to 2pm.

Gemma Crawford, a Community Development Officer for the Invercargill City Council, is running the event this year and she’s enthusiastic about the family-friendly entertainment on offer.

“Throughout the day there’ll be roving faeries, live music, face painting, bouncy castles and a photo booth,” Gemma says. “Market stalls will offer gifts from handmade craft items, jewellery and clothing to natural beauty products and homeware.

“The local retailers will be open too, so there will be something for everyone – a perfect chance to get those Christmas presents sorted in one place without the mad rush.”

But wait, there’s more! “Find time to fuel up after all that shopping in our fantastic food truck area,” Gemma says, “and be sure to check out the SIT Arcade which will be turned into a New Zealand Native Bush Christmas Grotto.

“Of course, you’ll have to keep an eye out for Santa who will be roaming around – but not dressed quite as you might expect!”

NOTE: Gemma is seeking expressions of interest for both craft and foodie stalls. Email her at or  phone (03) 211 1777. You’re welcome to fill in the digital Christmas 2018 Stallholder application form.