Get out: Five capital activities

UP HILL: The third annual Mary Potter Hospice hike up My Kaukau is on today.
UP HILL: The third annual Mary Potter Hospice hike up My Kaukau is on today.

With so many spring things to enjoy in Wellington, we've picked five of the best for you to get out and enjoy our city.

1. Jolly excursion

On Sunday the floats will rumble, the streets will be paved with confetti and the elves will be up to mischief. The annual Santa parade starts at the corner of Ballance St and Lambton Quay at 2pm, goes down Lambton Quay and on to Willis St and wends its way to the northern entrance of Cuba Mall.

2. On your skates

Give it a whirl at the Kilbirnie Recreation Centre's annual Roller Disco Saturday night. Skaters are encouraged to turn up in costume and there will be games and spot prizes. Roller-bladers 12 and under have their turn from 5pm-7pm and bigger kids and adults have the 8pm-11pm slot. Entry is $10, or $15 if you need skates.

3. Hike for goodness sake

Mary Potter Hospice's third annual hike is on today. If you're up and energetic, hurry to Woodmancote Park in Woodmancote St, Khandallah to register from 9.30am-9.45am ($15 per individual, $20 per family). Bring your water, food and good walking shoes and head up Mt Kaukau at 10am.

4. Race off

The Wellington MG Car Club's historic and classic race meeting is on at Manfeild Park in Feilding. You can lap the circuit in a classic car if you donate $5 to the Cancer Society. The experts race from 9.30am today and 9am tomorrow. Entry is $10 today and $15 tomorrow; accompanied under-12s get in free.

5. Energy Observed

Light and lovely graduates of the New Zealand School of Dance start their year-end show on Wednesday in Te Whaea Theatre. The graduation season ends on November 26. Find out more at Tickets cost from $16 to $26. 

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