The Pumphouse Theatre, Takapuna, Auckland

09/12/2017 - 23/12/2017

Production Details

A Magical Christmas Story on Stage  

A magical Christmas story for the whole family comes to life on stage in December in time for the festive season.

Auckland’s leading theatre for children, Tim Bray Productions, presents its annual festive show The Santa Claus Show ’17 at The PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna from 9-21 December.

In this charming story with songs by Christine White, Santa helps reveal the pleasure of giving. Kelly and Alana are best friends and decide to write to Santa Claus, but Kelly sends the longest list of things that a child wants for Christmas that Santa has ever seen. Santa flies Kelly to the North Pole so she can learn for herself the true meaning of Christmas. 

“Simple, beautiful storytelling, a world of magic with a splash of wonder – close your eyes and become a kid.” – Theatreview

The Santa Claus Show ‘17 features Tim Raby as Santa’s double and Kelly’s father – his 13th year playing the role. Meg Andrews steps into the role of Kelly, while Elizabeth Turner plays Alana, and Dylan Underwood plays the hilarious Elfie. Thanks to a successful Boosted campaign, this year’s production features a brand new set, costumes and lighting design. 

The Santa Claus Show is the fourth show in the Tim Bray Productions’ 2017 season. 

This is the 16th production of The Santa Claus Show – the first was staged in 1991 when Tim Bray Productions first started. It was written by Tim Bray for his nieces Alana and Kelly who both gave birth to their first children last year and will be bringing the toddlers along to the show for their second year.

The Santa Claus Show is at
The PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna, Auckland
Saturday 9 December to Thursday 21 December
10.30am and 1pm daily (no shows on Sundays)
Special audio-described performances and touch tours for the visually-impaired on Tuesday 12 December at 12pm and Saturday 16 December at 9.30am.
New Zealand Sign Language performances on Monday 11 December at 10.30am and Thursday 14 December at 1pm.

Children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite Christmas character for the onstage costume parade at every performance.

Book tickets by phoning (09) 489-8360 or online at  

Theatre , Family , Children’s ,

50 mins

Funny and magical tale about generosity and giving

Review by Heidi North 13th Dec 2017

Tim Bray’s production of The Santa Claus Show has been running annually since 1991. With the help of a boosted campaign this year the show has refreshed snazzy new sets and a new lighting and costume design. The lighting, music, costuming and theatre dressing are top notch.

The story is the same every year, but made new with different music and costumes and, mostly, new actors. Tim Raby (who plays Kelly’s father and Santa) is back for his thirteenth performance in the role.

The story is about neighbours Kelly (Meg Andrews) and Alana (Elizabeth Turner), who are waiting for Christmas day to arrive. This of course means presents. Bossy Kelly informs Alana that all she has to do is write a list to Santa of everything she wants and she will receive every last item on it.

What Kelly doesn’t expect is that Santa’s Elfie (a stand out performance by Dylan Underwood) has chosen her to be Santa’s special helper in the North Pole this year, and by doing so Kelly will learn the true meaning of Christmas.

Kelly realises her long, long list to Santa is just stuff she doesn’t need and that Alana understands the real meaning of Christmas. Alana only had one item on her list for Santa, a white balloon, because there’s a boy at her school whose father couldn’t afford to buy him one. 

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.

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


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