A Night Before Christmas 2019

The Bay’s biggest free Christmas party is back in 2019 to celebrate twenty-three years of spreading Christmas joy in New Zealand’s very own Bethlehem.

Thousands of friends, families, and communities will come together to enjoy a festive variety of live music, dance, carols by candlelight, and a massive fireworks display as this year’s event looks set to be another stunner.

Bring a picnic dinner, grab a bite from one of our delicious food trucks, take a photo at the photo booth, or maybe a selfie with one of our roving Christmas characters, and enjoy the picturesque grounds of the Bethlehem College Sports Fields. If you’ve got children, why not take them to visit the super fun Kids Zone thanks to Above and Beyond Education & Care Centres.

A Night Before Christmas will feature a heap of amazing entertainers performing all the Christmas classics that are sure to get you singing and dancing along. With a variety of locally and nationally recognised performers, there’s sure to be something to get everyone into the festive spirit.

You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to gather with friends, family, work-mates, and neighbours to celebrate the magic of Christmas under the clear skies of New Zealand’s very own Bethlehem, the home of Christmas.


Saturday 21st December 2019

5:00pm - 9:45pm

(Rain date Sunday 22nd December)


Bethlehem College (Front Field)

Elder Lane, Bethlehem

Tauranga, New Zealand



Gates will open at 5pm with entertainment starting at roughly 5:15pm. There will be a short half-time intermission at approximately 7:30pm followed by more entertainment in the second half. The event will conclude with an impressive fireworks display at approximately 9:40pm.



There is plenty of parking onsite at Bethlehem College (Elder Lane, off Moffat Road) and in surrounding streets. Just follow the signs and our friendly parking attendants upon arrival. We also recommend carpooling to reduce the number of cars onsite.


We have mobility parking available close to the event site for those who require it. The event site is wheelchair friendly, however as the event does take place on a grass field access may be difficult for some wheelchair users. We also offer wheelchair-friendly toilets onsite.

Please note that Bethlehem College is a smoke-free and alcohol-free venue.


Open from 5pm - 8:30pm

Thanks to Above and Beyond Education & Care Centres we’ve got an amazing free kids zone full of fun activities, amusements, and heaps of festive cheer!

  • Petting zoo

  • Face painting

  • Bouncy castles

  • Roving characters

  • Plus more!


Thanks to


Food & Beverage


You are welcome to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy with your friends and family, If bringing your own food from home it would be awesome if you could use reusable or compostable packaging where possible.

Please note: Alcohol is not permitted onsite.


We also have an excellent selection of food vendors onsite selling a great range of hot food, snacks, desserts, and hot drinks.

If you want to apply to be a vendor at A Night Before Christmas 2019 please click here.