Football and Santa Parade

9 November 2009

Football fever and festive cheer will descend on Wellington this weekend with the sold-out All
Whites World Cup play-off against Bahrain on Saturday and the Tip Top Santa Parade on Sunday.

Chris Killen, All White player

Chris Killen, All White player

The game, billed as New Zealand football's 'one shot for glory', kicks off at 8.00pm. If you missed out on tickets, don't despair - there's still plenty of football action to be had and the chance to show your support and get in behind our national team.

We've got a Festival of Football running all day on Saturday in the lead-up to the play-off - see the One Shot for Glory news story. 

One Short for Glory - News Release - 10.11.09

Richard Taylor and fans with one of the Wot Wots

Richard Taylor and fans with one of the Wot Wots

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From soccer to Santa - the Christmas countdown has begun and the Tip Top Santa Parade starts at 2.00pm on Sunday at the corner of Lambton Quay and Ballance Street. It will then travel down Lambton Quay to Willis Street, before moving on to Wakefield Street and finishing in Manners Street.

Tens of thousands of Wellingtonians are expected to line the parade route to watch Santa and his reindeer as well as other crowd favourites such as Snoopy and the Red Baron.

There will also be a range of colourful floats with children's characters including Weta Workshop creation The Wot Wots, Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Alvin and the Chipmunks.

The Council's Events Coordinator Lauren Fantham says that whether you're into the beautiful game or the excitement of the lead-up to Christmas, there's lots going on to keep you entertained this weekend.

"After the Santa Parade, make sure you head to Civic Square for the Popsicle After Party from about 3.00pm," she says. "Santa will be there as well as live entertainment from Batucada, the Bodyworks Dance Crew, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and the Tip Top Popsicle Band. Like last year, you can dress up like a rock star at the Popsicle Road Show caravan and have your photo taken with the band!"

The Popsicle After Party will finish up at about 4.30pm.

There will be a number of road closures and temporary parking restrictions in the central city on the day - see the public notice for details.

"We strongly advise people to take the bus in to the Santa Parade if they can," says Lauren. "And if you must drive through the central city on Sunday, we recommend giving yourself plenty of time to get to your destination."

"There will also be some alternative bus stops in place on Jervois Quay to accommodate the stops along Lambton Quay being out of use on the day."

For information on these stops, and more detailed information on bus diversions and delays, visit Metlink's website or give them a call on 0800 801 700.

If the weather's really bad, the parade will be rescheduled for Sunday 22 November. This will be announced on NewstalkZB at 9.00am on Sunday or you can call us on (04) 499 4444 for information.