Organisers mindful of restrictions with Christmas In The Bluff plans

Santa Claus and his elves take part in a previous Bluff Christmas Parade. Photo: File

WE live and work in difficult times but with Christmas less than three months away, the organisers of Christmas In The Bluff and the Bluff Christmas Parade are forging ahead with plans to welcome the festive season to the port town.

The annual popular events were scheduled to be held on Sunday, December 12, starting with the street parade, organised by Bluff Promotions, travelling along State Highway 1 to the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival site on the corner of Lee and Barrow Sts.

Here, a family gala day, organised by the Christmas In The Bluff Committee, would take place immediately afterwards.

Committee member Debbie Fife said they were planning another great day but were mindful of the Covid-19 alert level situation in Auckland and of what restrictions might apply at the time.

“We will have plenty of activity for all ages again this year, but we will require more volunteer help, particularly with the need to have everyone attending the Gala Day scanned in or registered as they come into the site.”

Last year saw the biggest crowds ever attend Christmas In The Bluff, while many rated the parade the best to date.

Inquiries regarding the Gala Day or anyone who would like to be a part of the Gala Day, including anyone who could help with registering attendees at the gate, could phone Debbie Fife on 3 212 6800 or email

Anyone wishing to be a part of the parade could phone co-ordinator Alison Patrick on 03 212 7496 or email

  • Lindsay Beer is the Bluff publicity/promotions officer