Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a visit to one of North Canterbury's annual Santa Parades. A great family day out, these annual events give children a chance to see Santa and join in on the Christmas cheer in the build-up to the big day. Here we have collated all the information on North Canterbury's Santa Parades so you can plan your family outing with ease. And if you like a good carol sing-a-long, check out the local Christmas carol events below too.
The Christmas Celebrations start with a special concert this year.
Legend is a word suffering from chronic overuse syndrome these days, but when it comes to Jordan Luck, the word regains its full meaning! As front man and pop-writing genius with the legendary Exponents, he clocked up a staggering 18 Top 40 singles over the years. Get ready for all the Exponents tunes you know and love! Shadow Puppet are the opening act and there are plenty of Carnival Rides, Stalls, Food Vendors available. Tickets available from Dash Ticketing.
Part of the Kaiapoi Carnival (which operates from 9am-9pm on December 9th), the Kaiapoi Santa Parade is a free and fun event for children, and a celebration of goodwill in the local community. Expect local floats, clowns, characters and music a-plenty as the parade makes its way through town. Enjoy the carnival atmosphere throughout the day, with market stalls, rides, food and entertainment at Murphy Park from 9am and a fireworks extravaganza to finish the evening.
The Rangiora Toyota Santa Parade is always a great day out for the whole family. With prizes up for grabs for the best float, the parade has some fantastic entries leading the man in red through central Rangiora. The free parade is part of the Christmas Party in the Park, which runs from 12pm-6pm on the day in Victoria Park. With entertainment, food and craft stalls, amusement rides and loads of activities for the kids, the party and parade should not be missed!
Always enjoyable, the Oxford Santa Parade is a lovely day out, with family-friendly activities and picnicking at the Pearson Park after the parade.
Come along to the Methodist Church, King Street, Rangiora for a concert of (mostly) Christmas songs by the Rangiora Community Choir, including a carol sing-a-long. The $7.50 entry fee at the door includes afternoon tea.
This free Christmas Eve family sing-a-long is not to be missed. As well as the local musicians and carol singing, there's a sausage sizzle, family picnic and a lolly scramble for the kids all taking place in Pearson Park (or Oxford Town Hall if wet).