All your Christmases have come at once.
Whether you're planning an office knees-up, an end of year get-together with friends or even a special Christmas date, Auckland Museum’s Christmas Soirée has it covered. Because this year, we’ll be hosting two unique celebrations on one night of fun, festivity and fantasy.
The evening begins as you step into the newly transformed South Atrium, sparkling with Christmas lights. You’ll be greeted with a complimentary tipple on arrival and from there on, just like pulling a Christmas cracker, you get to choose which end you want.
South: Cool and contemporary:
If you like your Christmas festivities with a modern vibe, the South Atrium is the place to be. You’ll be among the first to enjoy our spectacular, newly renovated space, decked out for the evening with special Christmas lighting. The new Tuitui Museum Bistro & Café will be open all night, then it’s just a matter of dancing the night away with sounds served up by a live band and DJ.
North: Timeless and traditional:
If you love everything that’s nostalgic about Christmas, make your way north to the Grand Foyer and get ready to party like it’s 1899. Our Victorian-themed Christmas party comes straight from the pages of a Charles Dickens novel (without the ghosts, of course). At the foot of the sweeping grand staircase and surrounded by towering columns adorned with twinkling lights, it’s the perfect setting for our colourful characters and parlour games. Order a bubbles from the bar and soak in the atmosphere, complete with classic tunes from our resident piano player.
During the evening, the galleries will be open, complete with festive lighting and music. Feel free to stroll between the two parties, exploring the collections along the way. Our popular photo booth will be ready, complete with themed costumes and props, for a fun memento of your evening.
We have a great line up of talent sure to entertain and get you moving during the event. Acts include:
Live band - The Meteors
The South Atrium will play host to the first gig of the night in the newly refurbished space from 8 - 9.30 pm. This is where the party starts!
DJ Andy JV will be playing in our newly transformed South Atrium venue, from 9.30 - 10.30 pm. Come prepared to dance to some top hip hop, soul and funk, house and classic beats.
Pianist Ludwig Treviranus will be playing in the Grand Foyer setting the festive tone, and may even get you singing along to some Christmas carols. Don't worry, audience participation is completely voluntary.