Santa Parade on Sunday

8 November 2010

Santa and his tireless reindeer are travelling the world to all the parades in the lead-up to Christmas, and he's coming to Wellington this weekend for one day only.

Santa's making a flying visit to Wellington

Santa's making a flying visit to Wellington

Head along to the central city and you'll see Santa lead a cast of children's favourites like Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Weta Workshop's The Wot Wots and lots of other floats full of fun and entertainment.

The parade starts at the corner of Lambton Quay and Ballance Street at 2.00pm and winds its way up Lambton Quay, along Willis Street, then Wakefield Street before finishing at Cuba Street.

The Council's City Events Manager, Lauren Fantham, says about 60,000 are expected to come into town that day.

"As usual, we ask those who can to leave their cars at home and either walk or take public transport into town," she says.

As with any large event, there are corresponding road closures (see below).

The rain date for the Santa Parade is Sunday 21 November. If the parade is postponed, this will be announced on Newstalk ZB at 9.00am on Sunday 14 November.

If you're not usually up by that time on a Sunday, feel free to phone us on (04) 499 4444 for cancellations.

Road Closures

The following roads will be closed from 8.00am to 6.00pm for the formation of the parade:

  • Ballance Street from Lambton Quay to Featherston Street
  • Stout Street from Lambton Quay to Whitmore Street - exit to parking building to remain open
  • Maginnity Street from Waring Taylor Street to Ballance Street.

The following roads will be closed from 10.00am to 6.00pm for the parade route:

  • Lambton Quay from Whitmore Street to Willis Street (start of parade)
  • Willis Street from Lambton Quay to Manners Street
  • Mercer Street from Willis Street to Victoria Street
  • Wakefield Street from Mercer Street to Cuba Street
  • Cuba Street from Wakefield Street to Manners Street
  • Manners Street from Cuba Street to Taranaki Street (end of parade).

There will be no parking on the above streets from 12 midnight Saturday 13 November through to 6.00pm Sunday 14 November. Temporary bus stops will be in place on Customhouse Quay and Jervois Quay.