The Santa Claus Show ’23

by Tim Bray
Songs by Christine White

2 – 22 December, 2023

Created for Ages: 3 – 8

Run Time: Approx. 60 mins (no interval)

The PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna

Ho-ho-ho, it’s Christmas show time! 

Tim Bray Theatre Company presents our hugely popular family favouite, The Santa Claus Show, back for its 19th season and more lovable than ever! Written in 1991 and now New Zealand’s best-selling Christmas show, this unmissable experience tells a merry tale about finding the true meaning of Christmas, with special guest appearances from Santa’s chief elf and Mr Claus himself.  

Join Kelly and Alana on their epic adventure dashing through the snow to the North Pole, with singing and laughing all the way. Bring your little elves along (and big ones too) and get ready for a jolly entertaining Christmas show!  

 “The Santa Claus Show and Tim Bray are the gifts that keep on giving. What Tim Bray is to Children’s Theatre, the All Blacks are to Rugby: one of New Zealand’s national treasures.” – Patrick Kelly, Theatreview   

“This is a hugely enjoyable, well-acted and produced show, guaranteed to get you in the mood for Christmas.” Jodi Yeats, Stuff   


Book your tickets now:

The Santa Claus Show ‘23 

– Accessible performances 

 Companion tickets and Discounts available for: $25.00 

Deaf patrons at NZSL interpreted performances: $25.00 

Blind patrons at Audio Described performances: $25.00 

Neurodivergent patrons at Sensory Relaxed performances: $25.00 

Disabled patrons at all performances: $25.00 


Audio Described + Touch Tour 

The PumpHouse Theatre: Tue 5 December 1pm + Touch Tour at 12 noon 

and Sat 16 December 1pm + Touch Tour at 12 noon 


Sensory Relaxed 

The PumpHouse Theatre:  Thu 7 December 10.30am (schools only) and Mon 18 December 10:30am. Pre-show introduction at 10:15am 


NZ Sign Language Interpreted 

The PumpHouse Theatre: Sat 2 December 5pm, *Wed 6 December at 10:30am  

and Sat 16 December 10:30am 

*+ Deaf Touch Tour after show – schools only 

+ “It’s worth simply reiterating how entertaining and worthwhile this show is for all ages – some parents were as vocal as the kiddies!…another terrific holiday event from the master and his team.”

Nik Smythe, Theatreview (2016) 

+ “This slick and stylish show is guaranteed to get you in the mood for Christmas.”

“The Santa Claus Show is a lovely tale with a moral about generosity and giving that avoids being saccharine. My two kids (3 and 4-years-old), found it both very funny and magical.”

Heidi North, Theatreview (2017)

+ “Thank you for the Santa Claus show. I loved the Christmas tree and the flying bed!

Elias, student 

 + “I loved the part when Elfie was trying to get through the curtains and my favourite character Rudolph.”

Lakai, student 

 + “I liked the snowflakes and the sleigh moving across the stage.”

Jullius, Student 

Term 4, 2023 – Takapuna Only 

We have a discounted ticket price of $13 per person for Schools and Early Childhood Education providers for all School Term performances (Mon-Fri, 10.30am & 1pm). Select the venue below to book tickets or email education@timbray.org.nz. 

For our Audio Described, Sensory Relaxed & NZSL Interpreted performance information, please refer to Accessible Performances.


Term 4: Monday 4 to Friday 22 December 

The PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna

Terms and Conditions for Invoiced Bookings for The PumpHouse Theatre, click here. 

Our Gift a Seat outreach programme offers students from schools that apply to the programme, Ko Taku Reo Deaf Education, BLENNZ (Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ) and Make-A-Wish (NZ) the opportunity to attend our shows with FREE tickets. Please click here  to apply to our Gift a Seat™ programme for free seats to The Magic Faraway Tree. 

We also provide a comprehensive cross-curricular Teachers’ Resource Guide packed full of pre and post show learning outcomes FREE of charge for all School and ECE bookings. Our Teachers Resource Guides are created to support further learning prior to and after your students attend one of our performances. TRG Sample  


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