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TSB Bank Christmas Series

The TSB Bank Christmas Series is back.


Here is what you need to know to have a great time on Sunday

The programme starts at 3pm and goes until 8.45pm.
Highlights include the Zeal Youth Show Case from 3-6pm, Santa at 5pm and the Carols from 7.15pm.
All times are subject to change on the day and our wonderful MCs will keep you up to date with any changes.

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Carols begin at 7.15pm with music by the Deco Bay Brass and singing from Cantare Choir. Once the carols are finished the MC will ask the crowd to choose their 3 favourites for a reprise. We will have 1,000 carol sheets available for the audience from the info tent and TSB Tent. You will need to share these booklets with your family as we are expecting 4,000 people.

Other activities

As well as the music and carols there will be plenty of fun things to do with your family on Sunday including:

• Face Painting
• Santa’s Grotto (See below for more details)
• Hastings Libraries Christmas Story time and crafts
• Zeal Youth Hang Out Zone with fun games, activities
• Food trucks and Bay Espresso Coffee Cart
• TSB Bank Promotion (See below for more details)
• The Splash Pad!

Santa’s Grotto

Santa arrives at 5pm and kids can meet him in his grotto between 5pm-6pm. Get a photo and a lolly and tell him what you want for Christmas.
Photos will be uploaded onto the Hastings District Council Facebook page (link) from Sunday night with all photos uploaded by Monday

TSB Bank Promotion

Thanks to our fantastic sponsors we’ll be giving away two non-interest bearing TSB Bank Connect Plus accounts loaded with $500. Simply enter at the TSB Bank tent from 3-6pm with the winners being announced on stage at 6.45pm. Plus by entering you also get a free Glow stick for the kids!


Toilets are located in the Cornwall Park Cricket Pavilion and portaloos and disabled portaloo is also available closer to the stage by the Lake.


This year we are trialling a new rubbish system to try and reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill


Some sunblock will be provided however we still recommend you do bring your own sunblock and hat.


There is restricted parking on Tomoana Road and on two smaller areas on Roberts Street and Cornwall Road. Disabled drop off and parking is on the Southern side of the Tomoana Road gate. Ask the friendly staff there about parking. There is absolutely no parking inside the gate.

Smoking & Alcohol

All HDC parks and events are now smoke free. Please refrain from smoking. If you must smoke please leave the park and dispose of your cigarette butt in a rubbish bin. Christmas in Cornwall Park is an alcohol free event.


The weather forecast currently shows brief morning rain clearing to a fine day. We will be going ahead unless the weather turns to absolute custard. You can check our HDC Facebook page for updates and a decision will be made by 12noon on Sunday if it looks bad.
If the event is cancelled you can still have a carol sing-a-long at the

Hastings City Night Market on Thursday 17 December.

Carols at the Christmas Night Market – Thursday 17 December

Christmas at the Hastings City Night Market this year will be held on Thursday 17 December.

The market starts at 5pm with food and late night shopping with Carols to be sung by the Flaxmere LDS choir.

Meet Santa at Santa’s Wonderland and experience the joy of Christmas in the Hastings city centre.

Find out more

To find out more about these iconic events, contact Hastings District Council, phone 06 8715000

Also be sure to check out TSB Bank or you can check out the full programme of Christmas events in Hastings

When: Sun 13 Dec, 5:00 pm - Sat 2 Jan
Where: Pin Hastings City Centre & Cornwall Park,
Restrictions: All ages
Ticket Information:

Christmas in Cornwall Par k - FREE

Carols at the Night market - FREE


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