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Santa Is coming to Waitakere!

Christmas comes to Waitakere!

Santa Claus is coming to town…

Actually, he’s coming to about five towns – and he’s coming early!

Santa will be making an appearance at five different Christmas parades and two Christmas events around Waitakere City in upcoming weeks.

All of the festivities are supported by Waitakere City Council.

The first parade on Waitakere’s events calendar is in Glen Eden on November 22 - run by the Glen Eden Protection Society. The parade starts at 2pm, beginning at the Glen Eden RSA (Glendale Rd) and moving along West Coast Rd, down Captain Scott Rd, along Glenmall and back to the RSA.

The Henderson Rotary Christmas Parade follows on November 29, at 11am. Starting at the Falls Hotel carpark, the parade continues along Sel Peacock Drive, Ratanui St and Railside Ave and finishes at the WestCity carpark on Edsel St (adjacent to Henderson Creek). Santa will be there to have some fun with the kids and prizes will be awarded for the best float and best group.

The Swanson Christmas Parade takes place on December 5, starting in O’Neills Rd at 7pm.

The New Lynn Christmas Parade takes place the following day on December 6. Starting at 10am, the parade moves along Great North Rd, Totara Avenue and Memorial Drive, finishing at Memorial Square. The parade is organised by the Lions Club of New Lynn.

Santa makes his final parade appearance on December 13 at Te Atatu Peninsula. The parade starts at 11am and moves along Te Atatu Rd.

Other Christmas events out West include the second annual Waitakere Christmas Festival at Parrs Park on November 29 and the Waitakere Children’s Christmas Gift-Making Day at the Henderson’s West Wave Recreation Centre on December 6. Santa is also expected to make an appearance at these events.

The Christmas Festival kicks off at 2pm with a powhiri at the Hoani Waititi Marae, followed by a raft of entertainment at Parrs Park by local singers, dancers and musicians, including a twilight Carols by Candlelight led by the Waitakere Combined Church Choir and music from Paua - Nation. The event is being hosted by celebrity presenters Pio Terei and Ewen “The Westie” Gilmour and continues until 10pm.

Bring a picnic basket and rug or enjoy the food and drink on site. The West Auckland Hospice has been chosen as the beneficiary of the charity bucket collection on the day. Jewellery, bookmarks, drums, calendars, fridge magnets, potpourri bags, photo frames, notebooks, hairslides and Christmas angels are among the treasures that will be made at the Children’s Christmas Gift-Making event.

More than 800 children are expected to participate in the free gift-making extravaganza, supported by volunteers. The majority of gift-making materials are donated by local businesses, with an emphasis on recycling and re-using waste materials.

Children may only attend one of two sessions - 9am to noon or 1pm to 4pm – and must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is essential.

For registration or to volunteer your help on the day, phone Barbara Cade at Waitakere City Council on 836 8000, ext 8780.

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