The cost of Christmas to Auckland ratepayers has been revealed in new figures released to Newshub.
Tens of thousands of dollars will be spent on events celebrating Christmas tree lights, parades and parties as Auckland kicks off the festive season.
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The biggest spend is a $40,000 grant to the Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park.
The Henderson Christmas Festival and Stockade Hill and Mainstreet Lights get $35,000 each, while the Onehunga Christmas Lights will get $30,000.
Parades don't come cheap either. The Glen Eden Christmas Parade and Manurewa Santa Parade will take $20,000 each, while the Farmers Santa Parade will make off with $15,000.
Altogether $355,750 will be spend - although this excludes Council Controlled Organisation spending and funding for Christmas events by organisations receiving bulk programme funding by Auckland Council and/or Local Boards.
Auckland Council environment and community committee chair, Councillor Penny Hulse, says the annual events organised by Auckland Council are central to Auckland's character and are widely cherished by diverse communities.
"These Christmas events are incredibly good value for money as they help to strengthen our communities, provide enjoyment for families and connect Auckland's growing population," she told Newshub.
"Christmas is a special time of the year for many people and localised events help to generate community pride and provide opportunities for local creatives and performers to showcase their talents.
"Continued feedback from our communities and the turnout at this year's Christmas parades show that there is wide appreciation for the council in continuing to supporting these events."