Explore what else is on offer at the festival, including special event features and pop ups.
Use our interactive festival map to help make your way around Pukekura Park. It has information on where to find light installations, food, parking and bathrooms.
Powerco Lights Up The Night | New Year's Eve
Join us at the park as we celebrate the New Year thanks to Powerco!
Whether you’re after something to keep the kids entertained, or a night out with your mates, we’ve got you covered.
Kids' Silent Disco | 7pm
Kids' New Year's Eve Countdown | 8pm
Silent Disco | 8.30pm
Unity Wara & Co | 7.30pm
Thoze Guyz | 8.30pm
Sola Rosa | 9.45pm
Noncharlet | 11pm
Fill your belly with delicious food truck cuisine at Light Bites! Picnic tables and beanbags are available so you can sit back, relax and enjoy a drink and a bite to eat. There will be alcohol available to purchase in the Festival Hub on these nights but it will need to be consumed in the designated Hub area.
Times: 6.30pm – 10.45pm
Dates: 19, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31 December
2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22 January
Check out the lights from a different perspective - by boat!
- Boats must be booked on the day.
- Boat hire is $15 per 25 minutes.
- Bookings must be made at the Tea House on the Lake at Pukekura Park until 6pm, then at the boat ramp beside the band rotunda from 6pm – 9.30pm.
Glow as bright as Pukekura Park with these fun products available at the Festival Hub!
Glow Face Painting
Times: 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Dates: Everyday excluding Christmas Day and 1 January
Times: 8.30pm – 10.30pm
Dates: Everyday in the Festival Hub and on the Hatchery Lawn during performances.
Light Up Your Home
Experience the joy of Christmas with Light Up Your Home. Local houses will be lit with Christmas lights to kick start your festive spirits, every night from Friday 11 December to Sunday 3 January, 9pm – 11pm.
Start planning your trip around the lights by downloading our list of the amazing houses who've signed up to light up!
Where to stay
Whether you prefer to wake up with a view of the beach, the city, a rural landscape or our magnificent mountain, there's plenty of places for you to stay in New Plymouth.
Check out some options here.
Get a feel for our beautiful festival by checking out the gallery.
Grimace the Gorilla
The festival’s resident cheeky, banana-chewing gorilla is back for his final year in the park. You'll find him at the Fountain Lake entrance.
Times: 8.30pm – 10pm
Dates: 19, 21, 23, 28, 31 December
2, 9, 16 January