Santa is still coming to town

Santa in a float with elf Boe Lilo-Greer-Dawson (5) at the Te Anau Santa Parade last year. Photo: Liz Newell

SANTA’S Little Helpers Ink. have announced the new format for this year’s Te Anau Santa Parade and Fun in the Park.

The event was cancelled in October under Covid-19 restrictions as it was too difficult to manage contact tracing in an open public environment.

While the parade will not go ahead, there will still be plenty of festive fun on offer on December 11 with Santa’s Grotto held at the Fiordland Community Events Centre, alongside the Te Anau Community Markets Christmas Market.

Organiser Anna Thomas said there were many ways for people to join in the fun.

“We would love decoration competition entries by December 6 that will be displayed in our Santa’s Grotto, which is a great way to redirect the float decorating creativity.”

These could include decorated Christmas trees, Christmas scenes, a nativity scene, decorated poster boards or anything to mark the seasonal celebrations, which could be used to display.

Entries were welcome from community groups, individuals, schools/classrooms, families, early childhood centres and businesses, with prizes to be won.

Santa would also be at his grotto, which would be through a walkway at the market.

“Wave to Santa in his sleigh and post your letter to Santa in the letterbox. Santa will also be on tour in Te Anau streets on the day.”

While they would not be needing to do a fundraising drive for the event this year, Ms Thomas was still keen to hear from any businesses who could make a small contribution towards prizes for the competitions.

There would be a home and business decoration competition where people could decorate their homes, front lawns, windows or businesses.

Santa would also be hiding in stores along the main street from December 6-10 and there would also be a colouring-in competition.

  • For more information, people could go to Te Anau Santa Parade Facebook page or email