Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Santa’s Coming To Town On Sunday!


NEWS RELEASE
4 December 2012

Santa’s Coming To Town On Sunday!

Santa Claus is coming to town on Sunday (9 December) for the 63rd annual Santa Parade through the streets of Wellington.

But rather than riding off on his magical sleigh after the parade, he’ll be hosting his annual fun party for kids – Santa’s Party in the Park – and making a special appearance at the Exodus Carols by Candlelight later that evening.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says: “We’ve listened to what the public has told us and are holding the parade closer to Christmas. Holding the kids’ party and Carols by Candlelight the same day makes it a Capital Christmas celebration.”

This year’s parade has some very important guests. Leading the parade as Grand Marshal is Mary Fisher, who won a gold, two silver and a bronze in swimming events at the London Paralympics. Mary also broke the world record for the women’s SM11 200m individual medley in London.

Two other Olympic swimmers will also be in the parade. Tash Hind and Samantha Lucie-Smith will be on the Swim NZ float. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown will join the parade to wish all Wellingtonians a merry Christmas.

The Santa Parade starts at 2pm on the corner of Lambton Quay and Ballance Street, travels down Lambton Quay to Willis Street then turns onto Mercer Street, along Victoria Street and into Manners Street where the parade ends.

Santa and his reindeer will be accompanied by some amazing floats featuring everything from Snoopy and the Red Baron to Buzzy Bee, Christmas toys, a nativity scene and much more.

Youngsters can also expect to see some of their favourite characters, including Cartoon Network’s Ben 10, the Wot Wots, Peter Rabbit, Sylvester, Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo, and Ice Age’s Sid and Scrat.

After the parade, kids can take a safe walking route through Civic Square and across the City to Sea Bridge to Waitangi Park for Santa’s Party in the Park, which starts at 3.30pm. Dave and Camille from Classic Hits and Nick Tansley will help Santa play host plus there will be carol singing, entertainment from some of Wellington’s top musical talent, fairies, princes and princesses and more in a magical kiddies’ show. Food will also be available.

Exodus Carols by Candlelight begins at 7.30pm and as darkness falls the Telecom Tree will help light up the celebrations. Nick Tansley returns to host the event in its 22nd year.

Important information:

• People should get into town for the parade early, as it is expected to draw more than 60,000 spectators along its route and good viewing spots are sure to be popular. Public transport or walking are the best ways to get into town.

• If the parade and Santa’s party are cancelled due to bad weather it will be announced on Newstalk ZB at 9am on Sunday. Or call the Council on 499 4444 to find out if they’re going ahead.

• If Exodus Carols by Candlelight is cancelled, it will be announced on More FM.

• There will be a number of road closures and temporary parking restrictions in the central city on Sunday. For information check the Council’s website Wellington.govt.nz or call 499 4444.

• For bus and train information, go to Metlink’s website metlink.org.nz or give them a call on 0800 801 700.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The National Leadership “Contest”

Key’s endorsement of English has turned this “contest” into a race for second place.

This succession was well planned. Lets not forget that English was told by Key in September of his intention to resign, and English was the only member of Cabinet entrusted with that information before it was sprung on everyone else on Monday morning. More>>

Latest: Judith Collins has withdrawn from the leadership race, conceding that Bill English has the numbers to win.

 

Education: Charter Schools Misleading Pass Rates

Labour: NCEA results for charter schools have been massively overstated... In one case a school reported a 93.3 per cent pass rate when the facts show only 6.7 per cent of leavers achieved NCEA level two. More>>

ALSO:

Rebstock Report Resolution: SSC Apologises To Derek Leask And Nigel Fyfe

Following a complaint by Mr Leask, the Ombudsman found that the State Services Commission acted unreasonably in relation to Mr Leask and identified numerous deficiencies in the investigation process and in the publication of the final report and in the criticisms it contained of Mr Leask... More>>

ALSO:

International Rankings: Student Results 'Show More Resourcing Needed'

NZEI: New Zealand had only held relatively steady in international rankings in some areas because the average achievement for several other OECD countries had lowered the OECD average -- not because our student achievement has improved. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Salvation Army Report: Beyond The Prison Gate Report

A new Salvation Army report says changes must be made to how prisoners re-enter society for New Zealanders to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Surprise Exit: Gordon Campbell On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news