Santa returns to Mangawhai

Santa was a big hit last year.

Following a successful start last year, the Mangawhai Santa Parade is back again on Sunday, December 15 and will now be an annual event on the community calendar.

Organiser John Phillis says more than 30 floats have already registered for the parade, which will starts at the bottom of North Avenue, at 10am, before wending its way through the town to finish at the Mangawhai Activity Zone (MAZ) at 11.30am.

Kaipara Mayor Jason Smith will be on hand to judge the best floats and Santa himself says he can’t wait to return.

“It was so much fun last year and I said I would be back – I always keep a promise,” he says. “All I need now is for the wonderful people of Mangawhai to join us in making this day special for all.”

Mr Phillis says there is still time to register for the parade and there will be prizes for the best decorated floats and costumes. Once the parade has finished, Santa will be available for photo opportunities, and he will distribute gifts to local children.

“This is a great opportunity for all Mangawhai community organisations to enter into the Christmas spirit while getting their name in front of the people who make their organisations successful,” John says.

Info: John Phillis on 021 339 329 or

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