Events in Nelson

Hospitality & Tourism Recruitment Expo (Monday 28th November 2022)

Looking for a change of career? A summer job? A second job?

Hospitality NZ, the Ministry of Social Development, and Go With Tourism, with support from Uniquely Nelson & Nelson City Council, are partnering on an upcoming recruitment expo to match job seekers with hospitality & tourism vacancies.

Come along with a CV and chat with your next potential employer! There's a range of exciting positions available, whether in hospitality, accommodation and tourism! Come along with an open mind and see your potential!


Dr Alan Wallace and Dr Eva Natanya in-person retreat (Wednesday 30th November-Thursday 1st December 2022)

Lama Tsongkhapa and the Great Perfection:
View of Emptiness, Dependent origination, and the Indwelling Mind of Clear Light

Dr. Wallace and Dr. Natanya will explore the profound unity and distinct qualities of the paths of the Great Perfection as explained within the Nyingma school and in Highest Yoga Tantra as explained by Lama Tsongkhapa.

Through listening and guided meditations, participants will come to understand the deeper compatibility between Geluk and Nyingma approaches to the Middle Way view, despite apparent differences, and discover how to make the ground reality manifest within their own experience.


Camelot the Panto (Wednesday 30th November-Saturday 3rd December 2022)

Nelson Repertory Theatre presents Camelot The Panto, the story of the love between Princess Guinevere and the handsome Prince Arthur.

The romance appears doomed to failure when the Princess is kidnapped at the wedding by the evil Morgan Le Fay and her followers Valerin the Vicious and his Mum, together with Knight Marlon and Garlon the invisible knight.

But the evil kidnappers did not reckon with the determination of Nurse Connie Clatterbottom and her friends Laughalot and a dancing bear called Teddy, as well as the returning powers of Merlin.

This is a pantomime to be enjoyed by all ages with lots of laughs, wonderful songs and plenty of magic.


Lunchtime Concert: Kyoko Takashima (Thursday 1st December 2022)

Let's celebrate Cesar Franck's 200th Anniversary!
Belgian born French composer, organist.

Come and enjoy his masterpiece "Prélude, Choral et Fugue" and related pieces by Mozart, Ravel, Liszt performed by world renowned concert pianist Kyoko Takashima.


Marching NZ South Island Championships 2022 (Saturday 3rd-Sunday 4th December 2022)

Competing in this event will be the Under 12's, Under 16's, Seniors and the Master's grades.

There are two sections each team can enter, The Technical Drill routines are a performance of the traditional military-like style of marching of compulsory drills and set march plans, which is set for each grade by Marching New Zealand. A technical drill team comprises 7-10 marchers and combines a set Review and Inspection routine and a set March Plan of different type of drills and quantities of movements depending of the age grade performing. Technical Drill is precision in timing and spacing in movements and the execution and correctness of the drills and plan.

The Display section is made up of teams' own choice of music and teams' own drills. A team can have from 7-14 members competing in this section.

Judging is based on an awarding system.


Sing Fest MESSIAH (Sunday 4th December 2022)

The NZCF and Nelson Civic Choir warmly invite you to sing your favourite choruses with the NCC, accompanied by Jason Balla, and David Burchell playing the organ. Bring along your friends for a wonderful Christmas singing experience. Join in, sing along or just sit, listen and enjoy this inspirational work by George Frideric Handel.

This event is general admission seating. Audience will be seated in their vocal parts.


Rennie Pearson (Sunday 4th December 2022)

Rennie Pearson: Traditional Celtic Music
Tunes, Songs and Stories from Ireland, Scotland and Maritime Canada

Grounded in the Celtic musical traditions, Rennie Pearson takes the listener on a journey through history, weaving together tunes and songs and the tales that accompany them to create an intricate and varied show. His engaging stage presence and storytelling opens the door for audiences to connect with the music, which he plays on the wooden flute, Irish tin whistles,
guitar, bodhran and voice.


Christmas Messiah SingFest (Sunday 4th December 2022)

Why don’t you bring along a friend and either sing along or listen to a selection of the most beloved and well-known choruses from Messiah?

Messiah will be directed and accompanied by Jason Balla on piano and the City of Dunedin organist, David Burchell on the organ.

Music scores are available for loan on the day - please contact if you would like to borrow one.


Small Loom Weaving - Xmas Decorations (Sunday 4th December 2022)

Tutor Karuna Peralta

During this one day workshop, you will learn to weave small pieces using two different handheld looms. These frame looms have been specially designed by tutor Karuna and have been manufactured in New Zealand. There will be a range of vibrant and luxurious yarns available for you to use including commercial and hand-dyed New Zealand merino, alpaca, cotton, and some wool/silk.

This December workshop theme will be Xmas Tree decorations.

In the morning we'll be using CIRCLE looms to weave some hanging decorations (Baubles or Rainbow).

And in the afternoon, participants can make cinnamon trees or flower blooms on the little SQUARE frame looms.

No previous experience is required. All materials will be supplied and are included in the cost of the workshop. Students can take the looms home so they can keep weaving.


Entertainment Tonight (Monday 5th-Tuesday 6th December 2022)

Let us entertain you with fabulous dancers performing a variety of dance numbers - Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Jazz, Classical Ballet, Lyrical and guest performances from Tasman Tappers.

You will be enchanted by the studio's mini dancers and dazzled by the talent and ability of the senior company dancers. This is a show for the whole family with energetic Jazz routines, emotive Lyrical pieces and wonderful Tap numbers.

There is certainly something for everyone and we are excited to again put on a professional dance production for Nelson audiences. Book your tickets now and be entertained!


Dancing Queen: A tribute to ABBA (Tuesday 6th December 2022)

Showtime Australia and Trafalgar Venues proudly announce that Dancing Queen: A Tribute To ABBA will perform at the Trafalgar Centre on Tuesday 6 December.

Far from being ‘just another cover band’, Dancing Queen: A Tribute To ABBA is a full-scale concert production featuring more than two hours of fun, energetic musical performances with a live backing band, replica costumes, theatrical lighting and effects and all the dancing an ABBA fan can handle.
Starring incredibly detailed performances from internationally acclaimed impersonators ABBAsolutely fABBAulous, Dancing Queen: A Tribute To ABBA gives fans of all ages a chance to re-live the ABBA concert experience, celebrate the music of ABBA and dance the night away!

Dancing Queen: A Tribute To ABBA gives fans of all ages a chance to re-live the ABBA concert experience, to celebrate the music of ABBA and to dance the night away!


Lunchtime Concert: Schola Musica Chamber Orchestra (Thursday 8th December 2022)

Schola Musica is a string chamber orchestra in which young string players learn some of the beautiful string repertoire written by great composers.

The rewards for young musicians playing in such a group are numerous. They learn about leadership, they learn to communicate within a musical setting, how to coordinate bowing and sound and how to develop the music imaginatively. The orchestra also features young soloists, and these roles are shared as the students gain confidence.


Terrible Sons with Sunset Swimming (Friday 9th December 2022)

Terrible Sons are finally leaving home. The indie folk duo of LA Mitchell and Matt Barus are touring to celebrate the release of Sunset Swimming, the first single from their forthcoming debut album.

The song is nostalgic, about remembering and how memories tend golden while in the present it’s our conflicts that come to the fore. For the recording, Terrible Son’s ventured deep into their backyard home studio with long term friends and collaborators Jo McCullum (Nadia Reid, The Veils) on drums and percussion, Jo Barus (Dave Dobbyn) on bass and producer and guitarist Tom Healey (Tiny Ruins, Marlon Williams, Nadia Reid).

L A Mitchell & Matt Barus have long been a part of the local musical landscape, previously releasing records with pop rock band the Dukes and performing in Aotearoa supergroup Fly My Pretties, alongside a variety of collaborative, performing and songwriting work.

This will be the husband & wife duo’s first tour as Terrible Sons and audiences can expect stories, laughter, hopefully some tearing up and a baker’s dozen of songs. They’ll be joined in Te Waipounamu by Hannah Everingham, fresh from releasing her wonderful debut single So Long Underground.

The World is Walking Over Us


Enono (ενώνω) (Friday 9th-Saturday 10th December 2022)

Dust off those musical theatre cobwebs and return to your seats to indulge in the magic of the very best songs and dance from stage and screen. Showcasing a young cast of Nelson Tasman Dancers, this glittering concert of musical theatre showstoppers is not one to miss.

Legacy Dance Company Enono (ενώνω in Greek) features a spectacular song list of your favourite toe-tapping numbers from the world’s greatest musicals including Anything Goes, Singing in the Rain, Grease, Mamma Mia, Cats, Joseph, Six and Hamilton

Enono is a night set to delight and will be an experience you will never forget.

Enono is a 4 Act show that will go on a journey through the development of Musical Theatre Shows, Choreography, Music and Costumes. Legacy Dance Company students will transport you through the “Pre 1960’s Musicals” (Act 1), Energise the Jukebox Musical era (Act 2), pay homage to the The Great American Song book era (Act 3) and power the Modern Musical’s (Act 4).

Our creative team, lead by Okiwi Hawkins and Gemma Laing, and our cast are excited to be bringing this truly amazing show to Nelson.


Legacy (Friday 9th December 2022)

NZTrio presents LEGACY 3

Schumann Sechs Stücke in kanonischer Form, Op. 56 arr. for Piano Trio, V & VI
Gao Ping – 寻山 Searching for the Mountain (new commission)*
Schuller Piano Trio
Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor, Op 50

NZTrio’s “Legacy 3” programme begins with Schumann weaving his love of Bach’s counterpoint with his own natural fountainhead of fantasy, presented in an arrangement by his friend and colleague Kirchner. The chromatic spectrum is explored further in Schuller’s trio, embodying his jazz roots with colleagues Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, and acknowledging his place in American composers’ royalty. Gao Ping’s NZ legacy continues long after his return to China in this brand new commission. The journey concludes with the largest, most symphonic piano trio of all – Tchaikovsky’s expansive and magnificent work written in memory of Nikolai Rubinstein – “À la mémoir d’un grand artiste”.


Founders Summer Reads Book Fair (Saturday 10th December 2022-Sunday 15th January 2023)

Founders Heritage Park is holding a mini Summer Reads Book Fair in the Windmill. Great selection of fiction and magazines to take on holiday with new books being added daily. Starts on Saturday 10 December - just in time for you to grab some great value Christmas presents.


Gindulgence (Saturday 10th December 2022)

A celebration of all things gin, it is New
Zealand’s original single site gin festival bringing you a fabulous line-up of craft New Zealand and
international gins all in one place.
The event is coming to Nelson for the second time in December 2022 and we can’t wait!
For gin lovers it means a day to delight in gin tastings, explore the craft, appreciate the flavours of
different botanicals, chat with the distillers, indulge in some fresh and exciting G&Ts as well as
cocktails and take home a bottle or two of your favourite gins at the end of the day.

Come along to the Trafalgar Centre, soak up the buzzing atmosphere inside or take your drink
outside to relax on the lawn. We welcome you to an afternoon of all things gin!
It’s December, the perfect time to bring the team for an end of year celebration or the office
Christmas party. Exhibitors will have bottle sales available on the day so you can stock up the
cabinets for summer and buy Christmas pressies for all the gin-lovers in your life.

Tickets include samples from all the distillers, your festival glass, live music, a warm and
welcoming venue with indoor/outdoor flow and an opportunity to broaden your gin horizons.

Pre-reg closes on June 10th


Daniel Champagne (Saturday 10th December 2022)

The young Australian virtuoso recently described as 'the finest guitar player of this generation' brings his tour back to New Zealand!

One reviewer recently wrote "Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical"

The story goes that the young singer-songwriter and one of a kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a 5-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing wherever he could, honing his craft and developing the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road without looking back.


Book Sale (Saturday 10th December 2022)

Celebrate the season with our Library Book Sale.

This will feature fiction books of all genres, non-fiction reads, and children's fiction for ages 0 - 12. With so much to choose from you are sure to find one or two items to spark your interest and help fill those Christmas stockings.

Held outside the Elma Turner Pop-up Library.


Umbrella Market (Sunday 11th-Saturday 17th December 2022)

It's that time of year where we get rid of our old things to make way for the new.
A market is a fun way to buy and sell bargains but why should adults have all the fun?

This market has been designed for anyone under 17.
Using an upside down umbrella as your base to sell unwanted goods, children/youth will learn about value of goods and recycling.

*Under 16 year olds will need a parent/guardian onsite for the duration of the event.
Register to have a spot by clicking here....

Or if selling isn't your thing, bring along your pocket money and get ready to grab some bargains!

Held at 1903 Square (top of Trafalgar St) on 2 dates.
11th and 17th December