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Summer in Nelson

Summer in Nelson    
Dec 19 - Feb 27
Sun, sand and a whole of summer events like the trolley derby, the lantern celebration and the teddy bears’ picnic. Nelson turns on the summer fun for locals and visitors with the Summer in Nelson programme that covers events right around the region. Add memories to your holiday by joining the locals as they take the walk up the Centre of New Zealand by lantern light, chill out under the stars to the flicker of an old time movie or hurtle down a city hill in your homemade racing trolley. Nelson’s events have the flavour the region is famous for – somewhat funky, a little bit boho, packed full of old fashioned fun, mainly free and you are urged to bring your own crockery to save on waste.
Summer in Nelson is produced by the Nelson City Council as a celebration for locals and an added attraction for visitors. Summer in Nelson booklets will be available in early December at libraries, visitor centres and council offices throughout the region and will be delivered to every household in Nelson city. More info at  (from early December)
Sat 19 Dec, 6.30 - 10pm
Centre of New Zealand
Botanical Reserve
Start your evening with a picnic in the park enjoying some cool tunes as you wait for the Gateway-to the Top of the World to open at 8pm. Enjoy some wacky art performances and crazy installations in the trees as you make your way to the gathering at the top of the hill.
Hang out at the top, soak up the view and help create magic and music. Let your lantern light your path and guide you down to the final wonder of the night. Get creative and make a homemade lantern, using a battery powered light to avoid fire risk. Bring warm clothing. Children under 13 must be supervised by an adult.
Upper Trafalgar St, 9.30pm until 12.30am
Party into 2010 with Tommy and the Fallen Horses and Minuit live at the Church Steps.
The second edition of the ‘Traflagar Square Countdown’ promises to be a celebration of life as we dance into the New Year.
1903 Square or upper Trafalgar Street, throughout Jan, Weekdays 12.30 - 1.30pm & Saturdays 10.30 - 11.30am
Take a stroll through the city and do some people-watching among the summer crowds, to the music of talented musicians, guests and locals. Music performances at the top of Trafalgar Street and roving theatre acts around the city centre.
Isel Park, Stoke   Sun 17 Jan, 12 - 2.30pm         
It’s picnic time for all the family. Bring your cuddly friends. All the fun of an old fashioned fair,  games, teddy disco for wild bears, petting animals, food stalls, a museum for quiet reflective bears, sand saucers and lots of other things for teddy to do, we've bearly started! Bring a picnic.
Various locations throughout the region,  Wed 6 Jan – Sun 24 Jan,  9.00 - 11.00pm (Movie starts at dusk)
Cost: $2 Adult, $1 Child
Come and join us in the airiest cinemas in the region to watch a fine line up of classics. Come early to listen to enjoy kiwi music, share food with your friends and watch the sunset. As darkness falls let the flicker of the screen transport you. Pack a picnic (BYO permitted), bring a rug or your couch, wear warm clothes or your pyjamas and pocket a torch to light your way home. This year’s movies are the Disney musical Fantasia, the Bogart classic The African Queen, early sci-fi in The Day The Earth Stood Still and Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot. Details at
Top of Trafalgar Street, Wed 3 – Sun 7 February
From the streets, squares and hidden corners of the world come the wildest and weirdest of the busking kingdom. Laugh, cry or moan this is performance that you will grab you …crazy comedy, excellent jokes, and hilarity from the world’s best. Don’t forget some cash for the buskers.
Tahunanui Field, Sat 13 Feb, 7.30-10pm, gates open at 5.30pm
New Zealand’s top opera stars and best loved singers provide a night of fabulous music in a picnic atmosphere with a spectacular fireworks finale Line up includes Simon O’Neill, Whirimako Black and Anna Leese. Nelson Opera in the Park is free but you’ll need a ticket to enter the secure area. Pick up at council offices, libraries, Everyman Records and BioPaints.

Collingwood Street between Brougham Street and Nile Street, Sat 27 Feb, 10am - 4pm. Rain day Sun 28 Feb
It's time for you to enter Nelson's perennial gravity powered wheel spectacular! Make your own wacky racer, dress up to match and cruise away with the trophy for Style Meister Of The Hill, or concentrate on top speed to be Monarch Of The Hill. Trolley design guide, rules and online registration at

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