This week: Auckland's best events

SANTA: As ever, the big man will be making an appearance at Christmas in the Park.
SANTA: As ever, the big man will be making an appearance at Christmas in the Park.

Looking for something to do this weekend or in the days ahead? We check out Auckland best events.

Main Event
Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park - Saturday

Headlined by Australian pop star Guy Sebastian, Christmas in the Park is the place to be this weekend. Not only will the X-Factor judge be leading this festive extravaganza, but he will be joined by local heartthrobs Titanium, rocker Michael Murphy, "popera" trio Tre-Belle and the show's "godparents" Frankie Stevens and Jackie Clarke. TV3's Mike McRoberts and Carly Flynn will host and of course, the jolly man in the red suit should make an appearance.

Coca-Cola Christmas in the Par from 7.30pm, December 8 at Auckland Domain. Entry is free.

Free Stuff
Red Bull Drift Shifters - Saturday

Auckland's CBD is about to be transformed into a pinball inspired drift race track with drivers ready to bounce their way through the city's streets. Each of the drivers will race one at a time against the clock in a bid to rack up as many points as possible in their run - it's all about speed, distance and accuracy.  

Red Bull Drift Shifters, from 12pm, December 8 on Victoria St West. Entry is free.

Family Fun
Unwrapping Christmas in the Big Little City - Friday

Street theatre, dance and music will usher in Christmas in Aotea Square this year.

A pile of activities like Bandstand under the Stars, where you can learn some new dance moves, Random Acts theatre performances, giant Connect 4 games, and Christmas Markets will take up residence in the square for the next few weeks.

Unwrapping Christmas in the Big Little City, from December 7 at Aotea Square. Entry is free.

Date Night
Open Late: Who Shot Rock & Roll - Tuesday

In a series of once-a-month special events, this monumental photo exhibition is complimented by a talk from bFM DJ Charlotte Ryan and a live performance from The Libres and Shayne Carter.

Open Late: Who Shot Rock & Roll from 6pm, December 11 at Auckland Art Gallery. Tickets $15.

Staying In/Going Out

You know it's Christmas when Love Actually hits the small screen. The all-star cast classic features the best of the best: Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson and sums up Christmas better than almost anything else.

Rather than attempting to get a reservation in a restaurant at this time of year, why not tap into the pop-up dining scene. K Rd institution D.O.C plays host to the latest with chilaquiles (tortillas soaked in salsa and cheese) on the bar (well, for $10).

Love Actually, 8.30pm Sunday on TV3. Pop Up Dining, 6pm Wednesday at D.O.C.

Best of the Rest

Christmas at the Races at Pukekohe Park Raceway
The Great KidsCan Santa Run at Queens Wharf
The Orlando Singers' 40th Christmas at Ponsonby Baptist Church

First Thursdays at St Kevin's Arcade
Christmas with Friends and Bands and Booze at Whammy Bar
Kingsland Khristmas in Kingsland Village

ASO Christmas Celebration at the Town Hall
The Feelers Live at The Whiskey
Auckland Glee Presents: Glee - The Christmas Musical at Jonmer Theatre

Auckland Art and Craft Fair at Aotea Centre
Goodshirt with Craig Terris Group & The Bads at Paddington Live
Impact Pro Wrestling: Nightmare B4 Xmas at Allan Brewster Recreation Centre

Mulholland, Lydia Cole and Great North BBQ at Kings Arms
NZ Warbirds Pearl Harbour Open Day at Ardmore Airport
Ponsonby Carols by Candlelight at Western Park

Auckland City Heritage Walk at Fullers Ferry Terminal

The Pretty Things at Powerstation
Theatrical Dance Northshore - Variety Dance Show 2012 at Bruce Mason Centre

GOT THE X FACTOR: Guy Sebastian will headline at the Auckland Domain this weekend.
GOT THE X FACTOR: Guy Sebastian will headline at the Auckland Domain this weekend.

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