Every year, Napier City organises its annual Christmas Parade on the 26 of November. Crowds of people – locals and tourists gather along Emerson Street at 1pm to watch the colourful and beautifully decorated Christmas floats parade down the street. 😀
My friends and I intentionally travelled down to Napier, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand specially to watch the Christmas Parade and I am pleased to say that we were not disappointed by what we saw on that memorable festive day. Admission is free, so be sure to check it out if you are in Napier for Christmas.
A Merry Summer Christmas
The Kiwis celebrate Christmas in summer which makes it a unique event to participate/witness each year. During this time of the year, Santa Claus and his little helpers are sometimes spotted donning stylish Bermuda shorts and fancy summer shirts instead of their customary red uniform. 😛
The Napier City’s Annual Christmas Parade kicks off at the Masonic Hotel and travels down Emerson Street before ending at Clive Memorial Square for the Christmas Festival Celebration where visitors especially the young ones will be able to receive a free sausage sizzle, play in the bouncy castle, have their face painted or even take a photo with Santa!
Napier City’s Central Business District (CBD) itself is a sight to behold during Christmas. The CBD is beautifully decorated with Christmas trees, lights and decorations, making it a beautiful scene for photos. In fact, there is something about Christmas that makes everything look enchanting and magical, don’t you agree?
Colourful Christmas Floats Parading Down Emerson Street
Each year, several organisations, clubs and societies in town such as the Drama Club, Steampunk Society, etc send their best looking Christmas floats to take part in the Christmas Parade in an effort to take home the coveted title of the ‘Best Christmas Float of the Year’.
Besides the floats, there are entertaining displays and performances as well ranging from marching bands, vintage cars and costume characters. I found out that visitors were able to cast their votes for their favourite floats via SMS and stand a chance to win a shopping voucher or two.
Amidst the sea of people, my friends and I managed to find a nice spot on the sidewalk to wait for the Christmas Parade. We enjoyed the display very much and took lots of photos for memories. The crowd dispersed once the parade was over and we carried on with our last minute Christmas shopping.
In a Nutshell
The Napier City Christmas Parade gave me wonderful insights into the casual Kiwi-syle summer Christmas celebration in New Zealand and it was a memorable experience. I now look forward to next year’s Christmas Parade, hoping it will be bigger and better than it was before. 😀
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