Santa Claus is coming to town
Just 11 more sleeps until the great Farmers Santa Parade
Hey kids! You’d better be on your best behaviour because Santa Claus is coming to town. And this year St Nick is bringing extra sparkle because it’s the diamond anniversary of the Farmers Santa Parade.
The Farmers Santa Parade returns to the Heart of Auckland at 2pm on Sunday, November 30 (rain date December 7) and this year Santa’s bringing more helpers than ever.
For 75 years, Santa has taken time out of his hectic toy assembling schedule to fly from the North Pole to Auckland to entertain the children of the city.
Ever since the parade began, thousands of parents and children have lined the footpaths to witness Auckland’s first real Christmas street spectacle. The parade was led by several highly decorated carts pulled by creatively-adorned horses accompanied by a pack of colourful characters such as Waggles and Goggles, Man and the Giant and The Big Fiddle.
The Parade has grown over the years to become the spectacular show it is today, with a mix of modern and traditional floats and characterbased costumes. The philosophy behind it remains true to the wishes of Farmers founder Robert Laidlaw 75 years ago – a gift of festivity and fantasy for the children of the city.
This year’s Farmers Santa Parade marks its special diamond milestone with an array of additional new floats and a vibrant cast that’s sure to kick off the festive season in glittering style.
“This year’s Parade is going to be the best yet,” says organiser Pam Glaser. “To celebrate the anniversary we’re bringing the fantasy and fun of the season to Auckland in a way that’s never been done before – with four massive inflatable floats that need to be seen to be believed.”
The four giant inflatable floats measure around 15 metres tall and have been shipped in from the United States especially for the occasion. Watch out for the Christmas Grinch and Dr Seuss favourites Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.
And you won’t be able to miss Kung Fu Panda on his New Zealand debut, all elbows and legs with his kooky brand of martial arts – sure to be a huge hit with the kids.
Peter Taylor is the man behind the scenes who has the incredibly important job of putting the Santa Parade floats together, something he has been doing for around 35 years.
“The Auckland Farmers Santa Parade is the biggest parade in the country, and the floats this year are really the best yet to mark what is a special anniversary,” Mr Taylor says from his secret workshop. “I’m sure they’ll bring smiles to the faces of many an Aucklander.”