CancelledSanta Parade 2021

Upper Hutt’s much-loved annual Santa Parade is taking a year off, due to the restrictions and continued uncertainty with COVID-19, and will be replaced with smaller Christmas festivities in the city.

Find out more below.

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Update November 2021

Upper Hutt’s much-loved annual Santa Parade is taking a year off, due to the restrictions and continued uncertainty with COVID-19, and will be replaced with smaller Christmas festivities in the city.

Current Alert Level 2 restrictions do not permit us to run the event on Main Street, which can attract over 5,000 people. There is also no confirmed date on an alert level shift or move to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework, which means we have had to cancel the parade to ensure we keep our community safe.

We’re making this call now in fairness to the community groups who work tirelessly to create floats, and our committed group of volunteers who give their time.

We’d like to thank the organisations who have already registered for the event. For any group who has started building their floats, we’ll keep The Magic of Christmas theme for 2022 to ensure your efforts are still put to use. 

In place of the parade, we have a range of other exciting festivities being planned now to celebrate the festive season. These include small pop-up events, Christmas flags, window displays, and some great giveaways.


The 2021 Upper Hutt Santa Parade is set to be another exciting event, so mark your calendars for Sunday 5 December!

Celebrate ‘the magic of Christmas’ at the Upper Hutt Santa Parade
Do you remember Christmas time as a child? The excitement? The anticipation? The Christmas season seems to carry it’s own sense of magic and wonder—and that’s our theme for this year. The parade will make its way down Main Street on Sunday 5 December from 3.00 pm.

It’s time to start planning your float for the 2021 Upper Hutt Santa Parade. An invitation is extended to all business and community groups operating in Upper Hutt to join this community event and enter a ‘magical Christmas’ themed float in the Parade.

There is a $1,000 prize for the float that best reflects the ‘Magic of Christmas’ theme, and a $250 prize for the People’s Choice Award, voted for by the public on the Upper Hutt City Council Facebook page in the week following the parade.

Get creative and start planning your most magical Christmas float idea and put it to your school, club or your boss to make it happen.
 

Float registration

Float registration is now closed for the 2021 Santa Parade.

 

When (All dates cancelled)

  • Sunday, 05 December 2021 | 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Location

Main Street, Upper Hutt 5018  View Map

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