It's beginning to look like Christmas

Join us this festive season for carols, local crafts, late night shopping, Christmas performances and more.

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Welcome to The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.

Dating back to 1877, The Arts Centre has a rich history and an exciting future.

Located in the heart of Ōtautahi Christchurch, The Arts Centre is an Aotearoa New Zealand landmark – home to galleries, museums, cinemas, boutique retailers, artisan eateries and bars, engaging events, stunning venues and much more.


Tuesday 1 - Sunday 6 December First floor, Boys’ High

A photography exhibition and auction with works by Kevin Clarke on behalf of the Champion Foundation Trust.


The All I Want for Christmas Mākete

06 December 2020 Market Square

Tick off everyone on your gift buying list at this one-stop haven, filled to the brim with today’s finest independent designers, artists, crafters and foodies.


Jennine Bailey (jazz vocalist) and Tom Rainey (piano)

7 December 2020 Great Hall

Jennine and Tom have performed as a duo throughout New Zealand for many years now and have collaborated on various recording projects.

Arts Centre Chamber Series - Garlands

Tuesday 8 December Great Hall

This concert is a celebration of new and New Zealand works featuring Mark Menzies - violin, Gabriela Glapska - piano, and David McGregor - clarinet, performing music by Witold Roman Lutosławski, Trist

Arts Centre Chamber Series - Baubles

Wednesday 9 December Great Hall

This concert features performers Mark Menzies - violin, Nathaniel Otley - violin, and Ihlara McIndoe - piano, perform compositions by them and others!

Pop Up Penguins

Sunday 29 November - Sunday 31 January Boys’ High

The Arts Centre is thrilled to have a Pop Up Penguin sculpture outside Boys' High called The Great Explorer by Jeremy Sauzier as part of the public art trial. 

Ebb & Flow Art Show

Tuesday 15 - Sunday 20 December First floor, Boys’ High

Ōtautahi visual artist Kate McLeod creates large scale paintings in oil and acrylic and makes assemblage from recycled found items.


Arts Centre Chamber Series - Fireworks

Wednesday 9 December Great Hall

This concert features experimental music from Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond. Come and hear Professor Mark Menzies - violin and his UC colleagues and students from the UC School of Music, plus specia

The Arts Centre Chamber Series Mini Festival

08 December - 09 December 2020 Great Hall

Join UC School of Music in collaboration with The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora for this mini-festival of Unexpected Musical Celebrations in the beautiful Great Hall!

New Zealand-made homewares and gifts.

Frances Nation is a store specialising in Aotearoa New Zealand-made homewares and gifts of quality craftsmanship, authenticity and longevity.

Frances Nation Home

First floor, Boys’ High,

Worcester Boulevard

Open 7 days, 10:00AM - 5:00PM