Festivals and events keep on happening in Auckland all year round! The locals celebrate Christmas with families and friends. Many people also celebrate the Indian festival of Diwali and the Chinese festival of Lanterns. Some of the major events are:
- ASB Auckland Seafood Festival: This one takes place usually in the last week of January. Visitors get to taste a variety of sea food, from oysters to lobsters to octopus to the humble fish.
- Auckland Arts Festival: Every March, Auckland is transformed into a vibrant city as the 19-days Arts Festival hits the streets. Witness an explosion of theatre, music, cabaret, dance and visual arts.
- Farmers Santa Parade: The Auckland Santa Parade features amazing pageantry and is an annual Auckland City extravaganza. The parade features grand floats, lively marching bands, character balloons and Santa Claus himself!
- Boxing Day: Boxing Day brings with it a lot of sales and discounts and horse racing matches!