Harcourts Cooper & Co Christmas By The Lake

NOW SUNDAY 25th November (due to weather) @ Sylvan Park, Lake Pupuke.

Gates open 5:00pm

(no access until this time)

Mo Ghra from 6:00pm - ASO Concert 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Harcourts Cooper & Co - Christmas by the Lake is the ultimate carol service, with the full Auckland Symphony Orchestra performing all your favourites and a talented 180-pupil choir, comprising students from Milford School, Glamorgan School, Takapuna Primary, Carmel College and Westlake Girls School.  Sing along to the words on the giant screen!

There will be ample entertainment for the kids: face painting, a big slide and bouncy castle. Have photos taken with Santa and his cheeky elves, then you can take home your photos for FREE!!

Please note, children must be supervised by their parents at all times.

Bring your own picnic or take advantage of the many food trucks available. We ask that any alcohol brought along is consumed responsibly and with care. 

 Tickets available from Monday 5th November

Where and how to get your tickets:

To qualify for a free ticket make a purchase at any Milford Business (excluding The Warehouse, New World and Countdown). 

To collect your ticket, take your receipts to one of the following businesses: Harcourts Cooper and Co Milford, helloworld Milford and MilfordShopping Centre Information Desk (receipts must be for purchases made after 5th November - max 6 tickets per receipt).

$10 spend = 1 ticket, $20 spend = 2 tickets, $30 spend = 3 tickets and so forth. 
A maximum of 6 tickets can be collected at any one time. 

No tickets are required for children 5 & under.

No pets are allowed on the reserve unless they are "medical assistance" dogs under the control of their owner(s).


This event would not be possible without the assistance of our sponsors, thank you!

Access to Sylvan Park on the event day:

There will be no access allowed to the event site prior to 5:00pm. 

This is part of the Health & Safety Plan in place with Auckland Council, and allows vehicles to move around the site for set up.

Please do not put pressure on our security team to enter before 5:00pm. Their instructions are NOT to allow access to unauthorized people or vehicles.

Sylvan Park Avenue will be closed (except to residents) from 1:00pm - 10:00pm.


In the interest of everyones enjoyment of the event please do not bring chairs and other types of seating.

If you should require a seat for health reasons, please ask an usher to show you to the area we have allocated for this purpose. 

Parking for the event:

Sylvan Park Avenue will be closed (except to residents) from 1:00pm - 10:00pm. 

Free Parking will be available in the surrounding streets and at Milford Shopping Centre.

We do have disabled parks available at Sylvan Park Reserve, please make yourself known to security staff on the day, and they will let you through the road closure and direct you to a space.

Background to how the event started:

When Fred and Mary Thomas were Mayor and Mayoress of the Takapuna City Council many years ago, Mary arranged a Carols by Candlelight event on the shores of Lake Pupuke by the Takapuna Pumphouse. This event was well attended by local North Shore residents and held in high regard.  The Milford Business Association (MBA) had a relationship with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra (ASO) for the previous 3 years assisting with sponsorship of the ASO Free Family concerts at the Bruce Mason Centre.

With the passing of Mary, the ASO and the MBA thought it would be a fitting memorial to Mary to recreate that family Christmas event with the ASO playing Christmas music at the picturesque lakeside setting of Sylvan Park.

Coincidently, Mary’s son, Peter Thomas, is the conductor and a director of the ASO, and 8 members of the ASO (a voluntary organisation) live in Milford. We see all of us being involved in making this event come to life as a perfect fit.