The Farmer's Santa Parade returns on November 29

The 2015 Farmers Santa Parade will feature all the wonderful pageantry, fun and surprises that have made this annual Auckland City extravaganza a perennial favourite. Heralding the start of the Festive Season, this beloved holiday parade features colourful and grand floats, stunning costumes, lively marching bands, amazing character balloons, plus an appearance by Santa Claus!

Parade participants will assemble on Mayoral Drive and Wellesley Street (between Albert & Hobson Streets) and in Vincent Street from 8am. The parade will proceed down Mayoral Drive, into Queen Street, left into Customs Street West and up Albert Street, ending at the corner of Albert and Wellesley Streets.

The Farmers Santa Parade attracts a huge crowd, and delights adults and children alike.  Provisions have been put in place to ensure that we minimise disruption to residents and businesses in the central city, and we thank you in advance for your support of the Farmers Santa Parade, which heralds the start of the festive season in Auckland.

The rain date for this event is 6 December.

The following road closures will be put in place: 

Vincent Street (between Mayoral Drive and Pitt Street)                                                                7am – 4pm                         
Wellesley Street West (between Hobson Street and Albert Street)                                            7am – 5pm
Mayoral Drive (between Wellesley Street West and Cook Street)                                              7am – 6pm
Mayoral Drive (between Cook Street and Wakefield Street)                                                      11am – 4pm
Queen Street (between Mayoral Drive and Customs Street)                                                      11am – 4pm
Customs Street West (between Queen Street and Albert Street)                                               11am – 5pm
Albert Street (between Customs St West and Wellesley St West)                                              11am – 5pm

Non-parade route - affected roads, midday to 5pm:

Queen St (between Karangahape Rd & Mayoral Dr; Customs St & Quay St), Scotia Pl, Airedale St (between Queen St & Mayoral Dr), Darby St, Shortland St (between High St & Queen St), Fort St (between Gore St & Queen St), Fort Ln, Galway St, Tyler St, Commerce St (between Customs St E & Quay St), Customs St (between Anzac Ave & Lower Hobson St), Lower Albert St, Sturdee St (between Lower Hobson St & Custom St), Wolfe St (between Federal St & Albert St), Mills Ln, Swanson St (between Federal St & Albert St), Wyndham St (between Federal St & Albert St), Kingston St (between Federal St & Albert St), Durham St (between Federal St & Queen St) Durham Ln, Victoria St (between Federal St & High St), Elliot St, Wellesley St (between Hobson St & Lorne St), Mayoral Dr (between Cook St & Wakefield St), Wakefield St (between Mayoral Dr & Queen St), Cook St (between Hobson St to Vincent St), Rutland St (between Lorne St & Mayoral Dr), Neales Ln & Greys Ave will be affected due to parking restrictions between 6am and 6pm. This closure will apply to all except authorised and emergency vehicles.

Farmers Santa Parade Santa’s Party will be in Aotea Square after the parade.  Pack in will be from 5am until 10:15am. Santa’s Party will start from 2pm and run until 6pm. Pack out will commence at 6pm until 9pm.

Please note all noise restrictions will be adhered to throughout this activity including pack in, the event and pack out.  The After Party will be utilising one noise day in the Queen Street/Albert Street Valley precinct.

If you would like any further information about the event, please contact Farmers Santa Parade on 09 377 6192, go online to www.santaparade.co.nz or call the Auckland Council Customer Service Centre on 09 301 0101.