Santa Claus is coming to town

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    SANTA has confirmed it.

    With a good tail wind, and if the elves keep up the amazing work they are doing in preparation for Christmas, he will make it in time for this year’s Santa Parade in Invercargill.

    Santa, speaking directly from the North Pole this week, said he understood the people of Invercargill were used to their traditional parade.

    “But you know what, because of Covid-19 we’ve had to change things around a bit so that we could still deliver a marvellous parade and I know you’re going to enjoy it.”

    Instead of the people coming to the parade, he was excited he was going to get to see a bit more of Invercargill in the day time- more in fact, than he has ever seen before.

    “Usually, when I visit either it’s pitch black in Invercargill or I only get to see a few streets on the parade or in a few shops when I get my photo taken with you.

    “This time I will get to check out everyone’s houses – in fact, I may do a bit of fact finding along the route just to make sure I still fit through those chimneys and other secretive access points I have.”

    Adding that Mrs Claus had been particularly generous with her cooking of late.

    The parade will start at 11am from Bainfield Rd, making its way through Invercargill to finish at Queens Park (see map).

    The floats will then be on display at Queens Park until 5pm for people to have a look at.

    Excitingly, Santa said he has been able to clear his calendar for the afternoon, despite a very full pre-Christmas checklist, to meet as many people as possible on Saturday.

    “You know this is super exciting for me, because the best bit about Christmas is seeing the happy faces of all the children and maybe I’ll even get to check out some of the festive costumes they will be wearing.”

    Southland Santa Parade elf Patrice Spencer-Humm said if bad weather meant the parade had to be postponed, it would be held on Sunday.

    All updates would be posted on the Southland Santa Parade Facebook page, she said.

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