Hundreds at Cathedral Square carols
Hundreds gathered in Cathedral Square to sing-a-long to carols and get in the spirit of Christmas.
Event Organiser Tim Capill, assistant minister at St Johns Latimer Square, said about 1200 people attended the sing-a-long carol service at 6pm.
That did not include those who had streamed in and out of the event, which included a free community picnic and children's entertainment, he said.
"It was lovely to be in the centre of the city and great to see people keen to sing-a-long with some of the carols. The crowd was great, they really joined in."
Among those performing included acclaimed Kiwi jazz singer-songwriter Anna Whitaker and the Vintage Blue Duo.
Capill hoped the event helped remind people of the "real meaning" of Christmas.
The event was organised by St Johns Anglican Church, Latimer Square.