Festive cheer heads to Bluff

Bluff's St Teresa's school pupils on a floats during last year's Christmas In The Bluff. Photo: File

SOME Christmas cheer will arrive in Bluff on Sunday, December 6, when the annual Christmas Parade and Christmas In The Bluff Gala Day takes place.

The Street Parade, co-ordinated by Bluff Promotions, would get proceedings under way, starting at the top end of Gore St (State Highway 1) at 1pm, making its way to the oyster festival site where the festivities would continue.

Many groups had committed to the parade with the Bluff Coast Guard, Bluff School, Foveaux Pearls Leisure Marchers, Southern Society of Steampunk Steamologists, Phoenix Marching, Maori Wardens, Motuohue St John Youth Group and Te Taurapa Tribal Nations Motorcycle Club and many more signing up, including of course, Santa Claus as he made his way to the oyster festival site to meet and greet the children.

There would also be some prizes for the best floats.

As the parade arrived at the oyster festival site, everyone was welcome to come inside for a great day of family entertainment organised by the Christmas In The Bluff Committee with something for people of all ages to enjoy.

Santa would be available in his Santa Grotto for photos.

Elsewhere there would be live music by the Freshies, mini jeeps, face painting, astroball and the return of sumo wrestling.

There would also plenty of new and unique games and competitions for the children while, for those slightly older, the popular craft stalls, ideal for those Christmas presents.

Some stalls would have eftpos but it was advised to bring cash.

A chocolate wheel would be operating and the Bluff Town Crier would attend.

There would also be food aplenty at the many food stalls.

A decorated Christmas tree competition would be on display on the day with an opportunity to vote with a gold coin donation for your favourite.

Admission would be free as was much of the entertainment, underlining the family aspect of the event, particularly important at Christmas.

Parade co-ordinator Alison Patrick said interest was “exceptionally high” for this year’s parade.

Debbie Fife, of Christmas In The Bluff, said: will be a good old day with something for everyone to look forward to. At one point during a turbulent 2020, the gala day was looking unlikely but a committee meeting made the decision to go ahead with it. As someone said, come to Bluff’

Proceeds from this year’s event would go towards next year’s Christmas In The Bluff.

  • Anyone wishing to be a part of the parade could contact co-ordinator Alison Patrick on (03) 212 7496 or at apatrick333@gmail.com
  • Inquiries regarding the Gala Day or anyone who would like to be a part of the Gala Day could contact Debbie Fife on (03) 212 6800 or mfife@xtra.co.nz

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