Waipu readies to escort Santa

More than 20 floats, hot rods, classic cars, trucks and fire engines are expected to escort Santa Claus at the Waipu Christmas Parade on December 24.

The prize for the best float will be $1000 and there will also be prizes for best new entry,  best business float and best community group float.

The parade will begin outside Northpine on Cove Road at 7pm. It will proceed down Cove Road, turn left into Saint Marys Road and then left into Caledonian Park. Prizegiving will take place in the park at 7.30pm.

A band featuring pipers from Waipu and Whangarei will play.

The Waipu Christmas Parade has been running for more than 50 years and is believed to be one of only two in New Zealand that takes place on Christmas Eve.

Chair of Waipu Business & Community Bruce Larsen says the parade remains extremely popular and Waipu streets are usually packed with locals and visitors.

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