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Anniversary Day

Canterbury Anniversary day was originally held on or around 15 December marking the arrival of the First Four Ships into Lyttleton.  Sometime between 1955 and 1958 the celebration day was moved to the Friday of “Show Week”.

The definition used by Christchurch City Council to determine the Anniversary Day each year is the “second Friday after the first Tuesday of November. North and Central Canterbury observe Christchurch Show day as anniversary day.  South Canterbury observes the fourth Monday in September as its anniversary day.  

Cup and Show Week

This is a huge week for Christchurch.  There is Horse racing, both gallops and harness racing, local fashion shows and the A & P Show.  

The horse racing is all week with the main events being the New Zealand harness racing at Addington on the Tuesday, 8 November and the gallops at Riccarton on the Saturday, 12 November 2022.

The A & P Show is when the country comes to town at the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association in Curletts Road, Christchurch.  The show runs from 9 to 11 November 2022 with the main family day being Show Day, 11 November 2022.


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