Christmas in Queenstown

10/11/2016 | Posted in Discover Queenstown

If you are in search of the picturesque white Christmas, New Zealand may not be the destination for you! A Summer Christmas may not be what you are used to or when you picture a traditional Christmas jandals and swimming may not be the first thing to come to mind! However, Queenstown’s warm weather, friendly locals and ‘open for business’ attitude all make for a pretty sweet Christmas and we’ve put together a few of our favourite things:

Christmas BBQ anyone?

What’s that saying? When in Rome do as the Romans do? So, it’s only fitting that when in New Zealand you spend your Christmas meal, whether it be lunch or dinner, outside around a barbecue. If you are traveling and don’t have access to a BBQ, head down to the Lake Esplanade and use one of the public BBQ’s.

Shotover Jet Christmas Cracker:

Queenstown’s version of the big Auckland event Christmas in the Park the annual Shotover Jet Christmas Cracker is a favourite amongst the locals. This year the show is based on a tale where Christmas is called off (due to lack of snow ironically) and it’s the audience and casts responsibility to help the performers find Santa and restore Christmas to the Wakatipu. The Christmas Cracker is an outdoor event for the whole family to enjoy.

Attractions open 364 days:

There is no rest for the wicked, and Queenstown is no exception with most attractions open and operating year-round. With the exception of Christmas Day, most other major attractions and activities will return to operation on Boxing Day, giving you Christmas Day to rest and re-cooperate for the next adventure! Just a heads up, if you are hoping to dine out on Christmas Day there are limited restaurants open so you will need to book in advance.