Collectors from the Little Fighters Trust will be manning the gates from 4.30pm-9.30pm

Please help us with your Gold Coin Donation – this is a community run event so all donations are very gratefully received and ensure the event can continue each year

Once inside the venue the Little Fighters Trust volunteers will be located to hand out candles and holders


Gates officially open.

Bring your picnic, your blanket and your low sand chairs – keep in mind this is a family event so no smoking or vaping, no private fireworks, no pets and please be courteous to those around you so that everyone can see the stage.  We reserve the right to remove any individual from the venue who is displaying inappropriate behaviour during this family event.

This year there will be face painting for the children and food trucks located within the venue.  The food trucks within the venue will operate throughout the event.


Pre-show entertainment from main stage with a local band, “Happy Campers” guaranteed to get you in the mood!


Christmas At The Bowl Variety Show commences


Approximate time for the Powerco Fireworks display – please be advised this is a live fireworks display and as such it will have loud sounds with the potential for small debris to fall.  If you are concerned with this please leave the area prior to the display.  The Christmas At The Bowl Trust complies with all NZ Standards and Regulations and employ a professional fireworks technician who uses best practice standards.


Show concludes and audience departs – IMPORTANT NOTE:  The TSB Festival of Lights will be in operation on the evening of this event and New Plymouth District Council will provide a safe lighting route from the TSB Bowl of Brooklands to Pukekura Park after the Christmas at the Bowl event. Lighting will be on until 11pm to ensure your safe exit.  Enjoy the beautiful TSB Festival of Lights with family and friends after the show!

Please come and enjoy the atmosphere of the event – live streaming will breach event copyright


Gold Coin Donation at the gate – Little Fighters Trust are collecting on behalf of the Christmas at the Bowl Trust and will have branded Christmas At The Bowl buckets to gratefully receive your donation.


Candles and candle holders are all given out by Little Fighters Trust volunteers once within the venue.


All audience members are welcome to bring along their own picnics or takeaway food – there is no restriction on the food permitted into the venue.  As this is a family event we do request no smoking or vaping within the venue.


No alcohol is on sale within the venue.


The Ironside vehicle will be available to transport those with disabilities from the top of the hill down to chairs specially set up at bottom – this will then return at the end of the show.

Vehicles with disability stickers will be able to access the Brooklands Drive to allow for the drop off and pick up of disabled persons prior to and after the show. For those who do not have anyone to drive the vehicle and park outside the venue there will be limited parks available on a first come, first served basis within the Gables lawn. Please note that these carparks are only for disabled audience members with full disability stickers on their vehicles who cannot arrange a driver to drop off and pick up.


For the general public this is available on the streets around the venue as well as free parking within the Racecourse with access via Coronation Avenue.

Phone App:

A Christmas At The Bowl app has been developed and is available to download for free via the Google store – words for all carols will be available along with information on the show. Please ensure you do this prior to entering the venue as data access is quite limited.  There is no app for Iphone this year but rest assured that all carol words will also be up on the big screen during the show.


In the event of inclement weather the event may be postponed to Monday 17th December. A decision on this will be made around 3pm on Sunday 16th December and will be notified via 93.2 More FM; visit our Facebook page Christmas At The Bowl Taranaki; or see our website – . Should the event be transferred to the Monday all timings and information remains the same.

TSB Bowl of Brooklands Map

The TSB Bowl of Brooklands was constructed by the community for the community back in 1957. This large bowl-shaped valley containing a lake was transformed into one of the world’s most recognised and acclaimed natural amphitheatres. It is a unique venue now comprising an impressive outdoor sound stage, large grass amphitheatre and public amenities. Located in the heart of New Plymouth it can be accessed by foot from numerous entrances with vehicle entrance via Brooklands Road and ample off street parking for large events available via the Racecourse on Coronation Avenue.

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Map courtesy of New Plymouth District Council

TSB FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, Pukekura Park – Sunday 16th Dec 2018 – Sunday 3rd February 2019

THE SPECTACULAR TSB BANK FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS WILL BE OPENING ON THE SAME NIGHT AS CHRISTMAS AT THE BOWL!  New Plymouth District Council will provide a safe lighting route from the TSB Bowl of Brooklands and then take time to wander through Pukekura Park and enjoy the delights of this iconic lighting display with your family and friends. Lighting will be on until 11pm to ensure your safe exit.  The TSB Festival Of Lights is on within Pukekura Park from Sunday 16th December 2018 until Sunday 3rd February 2019.

For more information see – including daily updates and the Summer Scene calendar of events.