What’s On? Christmas Lights & Church

The Weekend Sun Christmas Lights Drive is still running, for those who want to catch the spectacle before Christmas is over. File photo.

Well, we made it. It's Christmas Eve, 2017.

Hopefully your Christmas shopping is all done, and you're getting ready for a festive season with loved ones.

Our December of fine, hot weather seems to have come to an end, just in time for the holidays. The high today is 22 degrees, with a low of 16. Cloud and showers are expected to start, before clearing later on the afternoon, according to the MetService.

As you might expect, Christmas Eve events are fairly limited. For those looking for something to do, there is still The Weekend Sun Christmas Lights Drive, which will take you on a tour of the best-decorated houses in Tauranga and the surrounding district. There's plenty to see in Welcome Bay and Papamoa, including one of this year's winners.

Elsewhere, we have the usual Christmas Eve church services, if you'd like to engage with the Christian aspects of the holiday. Check out the full listing below.

Otherwise, have a great day tomorrow, on what is surely the climax of the year. Merry Christmas to all, and be sure to tell those you love how much you do care.

WHAT'S ON – Sunday, December 24:

Evans Road Community Church, Papamoa

Christmas Eve 6:30pm to 7:30pm - Christmas Carol Services

Christmas Day 9am to 10am - A carol service for all ages with drinks & mince pies afterwards.

City Church, 252 Otumoetai Rd, Tauranga

24th Dec O Holy Night at 9:30am

Carol Service 6pm

25th Dec

No services

Lifezone Church, 7 Oak Lane, Judea

Sunday 24th Dec 9am – Lifezone Christmas

Holy Trinity Anglican Church, cnr 3rd Avenue & Devonport Rd, Tauranga

Hope of the World www.holytrinitytauranga.com

Christmas Eve

8am – Traditional Service

10am – No Service

5pm – Children's Service

10:30pm Christmas Cake

10:45pm Carols & Service

Christmas Day

8am – Traditional

10am – Families

Christmas Eve

9:30am – Family Service

7pm – Children's Service

11pm – Carols

11:30pm Midnight Communion Service

Christmas Day

9am – Family Eucharist

St John's Anglican Church, 94 Bureta Road, Otumoetai

Christmas Eve

8:00am – Holy Communion

10:00am – Eucharist

5:00pm – All Age Service with Christmas Play

11:15pm – Carols, followed by…

11:30pm – First Eucharist of Christmas

Christmas Day

8:00am – Holy Communion & Carols

10:00am – Family Christmas Eucharist

The Salvation Army, 51 Fifth Avenue, Tauranga

Sunday 24th

10:30am – Family Worship

6:30pm – Christmas Eve Carol Service

Monday 25th

9:30am – Christmas Day Service  

Parish of Saint Thomas Aquinas

Christmas Eve

5pm – St Mary Immaculate

6pm St Therese Bethlehem

7pm St Mary Immaculate

10pm St Mary Immaculate (9:30pm carols)

12am St Joseph's, Te Puna (Te Reo Maori)

Christmas Day

9am – St Joseph's, Te Puna

9am St Mary Immaculate

Parish of All Saints By The Sea

Christmas Vigil Masses

6pm @ St Thomas More

6pm @ Maketu

9pm @ St Thomas More

Christmas Day

9am @ ST Patrick's, Te Puke

9:30am @ St Thomas More

Lighthouse Church, 260 Welcome Bay Rd, Welcome Bay

Sun 24th @ 10am – All welcome

Mon 25th @ 10am – Christmas Day Service followed by morning tea.

St Andrews, Cnr Macville Rd & Dee St, Mt Maunganui

Sun 24th @ 9:30am – Family Service & 6:30pm Christmas Eve Service

Mon 25th @ 9am – Christmas Day Service

St Columba, 502 Otumoetai Rd, Tauranga

Sun 24th @ 9:30am Rev. Donald Hegan & 6:30pm Family Christmas Service

Mon 25th @ 9:30am – Family Service

Bethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffat Rd, Bethlehem

Sun 24th @ 9:30am Rev. Ian Pittendreigh.

No Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Service.

St James, Cnr Devon St & Pooles Rd, Greerton

Sun 24th @ 10am – Morning Worship

Mon 25th @ 9am – Christmas Day Service followed by morning tea.

St Peters in the city, Cnr Spring St & Cameron Road, Tauranga

Christmas Eve

10am – Contemporary Service

7pm – Christmas Eve Family Service

Christmas Day 9am – Christmas Day Service

5pm – Free Community Christmas

St Enochs, 134 16th Avenue, Tauranga.

Sun 24th @ 9:30am – Christmas Eve Family Celebration & 11:30pm Midnight Carol Service.

Mon 25th @ 9:30am – Christmas Day Family Service

Wesley Church, 100 13th Avenue, Tauranga

Christmas Eve – 24th

9:30am – Morning Worship

4pm – Fijian Language Service

8:15pm – 9:15pm – Carols on the Lawn

Christmas Day

9:30am – Service for people of all ages

St Stephens Church, Brookfield Terrace, Otumoetai

9:30am – Morning Service

1pm – Tongan Language Worship

Christmas Day

9:30am – Service for people of all ages

St James Union Church, Cnr Devon St & Pooles St, Greerton

Christmas Eve

9:30am – Carol Service

Christmas Day

9am – Family Christmas Service

The Orchard Church, 20 MacLoughlin Drive, Te Puke

Christmas Eve 7pm – A Christmas Eve celebration

Baptist Churches

Bethlehem – 90 Bethlehem Road

Sunday Services: 9am, 10:45am & 6:30pm

Central – Cameron Road/13th Avenue, Tauranga

Christmas Eve –9:30am Combined Service in Church Auditorium

Christmas Day – 9:30am Upstairs service in The Upper Room

Matua – Matua Shopping Centre

Sunday Service – 10am at Church office, 1 Warrington St, Matua

Mount – Cnr Tui Street & Ranch Road

Sunday Services – 9am Prayer, 10am Worship Service

Otumoetai – 241 Otumoetai Rd, Tauranga

Sunday 24th – Interactive family service at 10am

Christmas Day – 9:30am

Papamoa – 188 Dickson Rd

Sunday Service @ 10am

South City – 196 Chadwick Rd, Greerton

Sunday Service @ 10am

Welcome Bay – Welcome Bay Community Hall or Community Centre

Sunday Service at 10am

Computer Help for Individuals

Need help to use your computer, iPad, tablet, eReader, phone or other device. Contact the Library to book a lesson with one of our tutors. Phone 577 7177

Maketu Market

3rd & 5th Sundays 7am-12pm at Maketu Village Green. Ph Pat 533 2687 or Fennis 0274 282 862

NZDA BOP Range Day

NZDA BOP branch run public open days last Sunday each month at their 300m range in TECT All Terrain Park. 9am-3pm $20 bring firearms licence.

Papamoa Outdoor Bowls

All welcome to our Roll Up's. Sun & Wed. Register at 12:30, commences 1pm. Come & experience OUTDOOR BOWLS Geoge Spratt Reserve. Ph 574 0177 anytime.

Radio Controlled Model Yachts

Sundays 1:30pm & Thursdays 5:30pm, in pond behind 24 Montego Drive Papamoa, sailing Electron Yachts for fun. Adult beginners welcome. Graham 572 5419

Sequence Dance

New Years Eve, Sunday December 31. Greerton Hall, Cameron Rd, 8pm till midnight. Entrance $8pp. Supper provided. Excellent programme and music. Prizes, raffles. Goodbye 2017, welcome 2018.

Sport BOP Bike Month

From group rides and bike maintenance to mountain biking, there's something for everyone in our Bike Month calendars. Plus prizes to be won! www.sportbop.co.nz/bike-month

Tauranga Rotary Easter Booksale

Please donate books, records, Cds, Dvds, Jigsaws & Sheet music for next Rotary Charity Book sale. Ph Anne 543 5350 or Ross 544 0817



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