WELLINGTON SANTA PARADE
The Red Baron will be there, as well as Buzzy Bee. Peter Rabbit has RSVPed, along with Yogi Bear.
And, of course, Santa and his reindeer will feature as the 63rd annual Santa Parade winds through the streets of Wellington on Sunday, December 9.
Santa has a busy day in store, following the parade with a children's party in the park and Carols by Candlelight.
More than 60,000 are expected to watch the parade, so spectators are advised to arrive early.
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the council listened to the public and is holding the parade closer to Christmas.
Mary Fisher, who won four swimming medals at the London Paralympics, will be Grand Master of the parade. Two other Olympic swimmers, Tash Hind and Samantha Lucie-Smith, will be on the Swimming New Zealand float.
Santa and his reindeer will be accompanied by floats featuring Snoopy and the Red Baron, Christmas toys and a nativity scene. Young spectators will recognise some of their favourites, including Cartoon Network's Ben 10, the Wot Wots, Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo, and Ice Age's Sid and Scrat.
The Santa Parade starts at 2pm on the corner of Lambton Quay and Ballance St, travels down Lambton Quay to Willis St, into Mercer St, along Victoria St and into Manners St, where it ends.
Cancellation will be announced on NewstalkZB at 9am, or call the Wellington City Council on 04 499 4444.
Closed from 7am till 3pm for the formation of the parade:
❏ Ballance St from Lambton Quay to Featherston St.
❏ Stout St from Lambton Quay to Whitmore St - exit to parking building remains open.
❏ Maginnity St from Waring Taylor St to Ballance St.
Closed from 10am till 5pm for the parade route:
❏ Lambton Quay from Whitmore St to Willis St (start of parade)
❏ Willis St from Lambton Quay to Manners St
❏ Customhouse Quay from Willeston St to Hunter St
❏ Willeston St from Willis St to Victoria St
❏ Mercer St
❏ Victoria St from Harris St to Dixon St
❏ Bond St
❏ Lombard St
❏ Cornhill St
❏ Wakefield St (Mercer St to Cuba St/Michael Fowler Centre car park)
❏ Cuba St from Wakefield St to Manners St
❏ Manners St from Willis St to Taranaki St
There will be some alternative bus stops in place in Customhouse Quay and Jervois Quay because the stops along Lambton Quay will be out of commission.
SANTA'S PARTY IN THE PARK
Ater the parade, families can take a safe walking route through Civic Square and across the City to Sea Bridge to Waitangi Park for the party, which starts 3.30pm. There will be carol singing, musical entertainment, fairies, princes and princesses. Food will be available.
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
Exodus Carols by Candlelight begins at 7.30pm and the Telecom Tree will help light up the celebrations as darkness falls.
- The Dominion Post
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