Santa is doing the rounds, spreading festive cheer to the people of South Canterbury.
He was among the many people who toured the streets of Timaru on Saturday as part of the town's popular Christmas parade.
Click the gallery, left, for photos of Geraldine's Christmas Parade, held on Friday night.
Thousands of people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the 40 floats, which travelled through the CBD and along Port Loop Rd. This year's theme was "The Reason for the Season".
Event manager Debra Still said the parade was a great success thanks to the many people who went the extra mile to decorate a float.
Warm, sunny weather also played a part in the day's success, she said.
"The weather was perfect, and the community support."
There were 10 new floats added to this year's lineup. This year's event also attracted more floats by childrens' groups than in previous years, which was another pleasing aspect to see on the day, she said.
The award for the best float went to the Timaru Presbyterian Churches, who told the story of Mary and Joseph.
They started their journey through Timaru with Mary riding a donkey, before requesting a night at the inn, also known as the Hydro Grand.
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