Sounds like Christmas

22:52, Dec 07 2012

Beck Eleven looks at the weekend's events and beyond.

Southern Discomfort Roller Derby

Freshly graduated roller- skaters will be donning the fishnets, frills and facepaint for the curtainraiser at 6pm, while the Otautahi Allstars face off against Nelson team Sirens of Smash at 7.15pm. Saturday, doors open at 5pm, Pioneer Stadium, 75 Lyttelton St. Adults, $15, children, $10.

The New World Wine & Food Festival

The food, wine and music festival is back, taking over Hagley Park. General admission tickets are still available at $45 on the gate. Saturday, 11am to 7.30pm. Entrance is off Harper Ave, North Hagley Park.

Carols in Latimer Square

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It's the big caroling event beside the Telecom Tree. Bring the children and a picnic - sausage sizzle, live music, bouncy castle, face-painting and a chance to phone the North Pole. Saturday, from 4.30pm, in Latimer Square. Hosted by St John's Anglican Church.

Crusaders Charity Cricket

For 30 years the annual Crusaders charity cricket match has been a great family event, fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Association and giving children (and adults) the chance to get close to their rugby stars and the opposing team, with celebrities from sport, television and radio. Free entry, with food stalls, autograph-signing and an auction at halftime. Sunday, from 10.30am, Christchurch Boys High School, Straven Rd, Riccarton.

Brass Band Sunday

All three bands from Woolston present a family concert featuring The Woolston Junior Band, Woolston Concert Brass and Woolston Brass, in action from 2pm on Sunday. Opawa Baptist Church, 285 Wilsons Rd. Adults, $20, children, free.

Marching

See something a bit different with the South Island's marching champs. More than 30 teams will compete in technical and freestyle displays over two days. Saturday, 1pm to 5pm, and Sunday, 9am to 1pm, at the ASB Football grounds on Cranford St.

Christmas in the Balkans

The Musica Balkanica Choir sings carols from Romania, Serbia, Ukraine and Hungary at St Mark's Presbyterian Church, 150 Withells Rd, Avonhead, on Sunday, at 7pm. Donation to cover costs.

Carols in Halswell Quarry

Bring a picnic and head to the annual Carols in the Halswell Quarry, Sunday, from 4.30pm to 6pm. Follow the signs from Kennedys Bush Rd.

Carols in the Community

If you prefer to stay local, carols in the community is back, with music, barbecues and children's entertainment. On Sunday, at two locations - Northshore residents can go to Aston Reserve, from 3.30pm to 8pm; Parklands/ Queenspark residents can head to the Parklands Reserve, 5pm to 7pm.

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