Christmas celebration more than just the parade
Woodville turned on a gorgeous day for one of its busiest town events — the Annual Christmas Parade. It was one which incorporated four different attractions — the 1RNZIR Charter Parade, the Christmas Parade, the Coast to Coast Motorbike Rally and Christmas in the Park.
At 11.30am the Highland pipe Bands led a colourful Christmas Parade down a packed Vogel Street. Rugby Park was the assembly point.
Close on its heels came hundreds of motorcycles as the Coast To Coast Rally timed its arrival from Himatangi.
Everyonemoved to the Vogel Street shops and stalls and stalls in Fountaine Square.
The Vogel street stalls and food shops did well almost as well as the Mad Hatter Day when rain drove visitors under shelter.
With massive blow-up challenges for the kids as a spectacular backdrop, close to 30 stalls in Fountaine Square were flat out selling toys, plants, biscuits, Christmas decorations, fragrances, clothes, antiques and wood-burners made from recycled gas bottles.
Food tents sold sausages and pancakes, pies and donuts, pizzas and sweets — plenty to sustain the crowd over lunch.
Santa Claus and Mother Christmas met children in the rotunda, the army brought two Light Army Vehicles from Linton and other weaponry for display and Woodville Lions were busy catering for the Coast to Coast riders.
It was a festive occasion showing Woodville at its best.
Santa Claus hitched a ride on a vintage fire engine.
Father and Mother Christmas with canine friends joined the Dannevirke Brass Band in the Fountaine Square rotunda.
Snoopy flew in late in his Sopwith Camel just in time to catch the parade.
Fountaine Square was full of people, entertainment and stalls.