In the lead up to Christmas, one of the most anticipated events on the calendar is the local Santa Parade. All over New Zealand people gather in their local town centre to cheer on local sports teams, kindergartens, clubs, plus a brass band or bagpipe for good measure as they walk the main street waving and throwing out lollies, ending with an appearance by the man in red himself!
One of the most iconic parades of them all is the Farmers Santa Parade. This is the big one! And in just under two weeks on Saturday 27 November (rain date Sunday 4 December), Auckland City will come alive with Christmas cheer as the 83rd Farmers Santa Parade takes to the streets once more.
Both my husband and I have really fond memories of going along to the Farmers Santa Parade as children. It has always been THE Christmas event of the year for families. This is my husband with his sweet Mumma at the Farmers Santa Parade in 1973. If you look closely you can make out the Farmers Santa Parade flag in the background.
For the first time this year we are both excited to be taking our girls along. I'm looking so forward to reliving the excitement of the parade myself but also watching the girls and seeing it through their eyes. They love our little local parade but the Farmers Santa Parade is something else with each year being bigger and better than the year before. It was impressive back in the 70's and 80's so the 2016 parade is sure to be a cracker boasting three Angry Birds and Mickey & Minnie Mouse helium inflatables from Canada plus Olympics, Lego, Austin Powers and Cinderella Floats among the highlights.
Farmers Santa Parade 1983 (How I remember it!)
Farmers Santa Parade 2015
Here is some helpful info if you're planning on coming along:
- The Farmers Santa Parade 2016 Santa Parade is on Sunday 27 November and starts at 1pm.
- The rain date is Sunday 4 December. Any cancelations due to weather will be announced on Newstalk ZB after 10.00am on Sunday 27 November.
- The parade route differs slightly from other years due to City Rail works in Albert Street. Below is a map of the 2016 parade route.
- The Salvation Army are the 2016 event charity partner and will be accepting gold coin donations at the event. Funds collected will be used to provide much needed support for families during the challenging Christmas period.
I absolutely can not wait! Be sure to use #FarmersSantaParade on any snaps you share online! We'll see you there!