Over 3500 participants at the biggest Santa Parade

2016 Farmer’s Santa Parade held in the Auckland CBD
27 November 2016
Credit Topic / Hannah Rolfe

Howick local Pam Glaser will be organising the Farmer’s Santa Parade for the 26th year in a row.

In its 84th year, the Farmers Santa Parade that started in 1934 is said to be the biggest to-date with around 3500 people participating in the parade.

Briefing thousands of volunteers to the last meticulous detail, Pam, the lady behind the professional event management company Crackerjack, talks about the free line-up of some of the biggest stars in family entertainment.

She says that the kids are in for a massive treat when Thomas the Tank Engine, My Little Pony, The Madagascar Penguins, Peter Rabbit, Spot the Dog, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Buzzy Bee, Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Where’s Wally, come to life to join New Zealand’s biggest Christmas parade.

“There will be several 20-foot-high inflatables, alongside this year’s all new Steampunk characters,” she says.

Also, at the Santa’s Party to be held at the Aotea Square from 2.30pm — 5.30pm, international superstar Peppa Pig will take centre stage.

Peppa Pig will be joined by DJ Flynny from The Hits, Circus Entertainment Duo 3-Ring Riot, West Auckland City Concert Band, Ciaran McMeeken and Santa Claus of course.

Free parking is available for vehicles parked before 11am and exiting between 2pm-6pm at the Downtown car park and Victoria Street cap park.

  • For information on bus, train and ferry schedules and fares visit https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/ or call the Auckland Transport Contact Centre on 366 6400
  • Santa’s Party — from 2:30pm in the Aotea Square
    Parade date: Sunday, November 26
    Rain date: Sunday, December 3
    Start: 1pm, cnr Federal St and Mayoral Drive
    Route: Mayoral Drive between Cook and Queen Streets, left into Queen St, down Queen St, right into Customs St E ending at corner of Britomart.

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