A Bluff tradition

Santa Claus, chief elf Gaylyn Potter and elf brothers Clark (8) and Angus Manson (10) at the Christmas In The Bluff parade on Sunday. Photo: Luisa Girao

CHRISTMAS tradition usually dictates Santa Claus squeezing down chimneys or riding in a sleigh, but in Bluff he travels by boat.

Hundreds of people attended the Christmas In The Bluff event on Sunday, which included a street parade followed by a gala day at the Bluff Oyster & Food Festival site.

Organiser Alison Patrick said the event involved dozens of floats and vehicles parading through the coastal town.

“Everybody is welcome to join the parade. It is an event to celebrate our community and bring the Christmas spirit down here.”

Sophie Graig (9) and Hailey Burt (6) doing Christmas crafts.

She said one of the event’s highlights was Santa Claus’ arrival in the Bluff Coastguard boat.

“This is our tradition, our Bluff flavour.”

After the parade, families enjoyed a day of entertainment with live music, food and craft stalls where children could make their own Christmas decorations.

Sophie Craig had a great time creating her design.

“I’m an artsy kid, so I love to do this kind of thing.”

Organiser Kelly Fewster said all the attractions, including mini jeeps and face painting, were free for children.

“This is our way to bring the Christmas spirit to Bluff, thank our community and provide a fun day for everyone.”

St Teresa’s School pupils on one of the floats.
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