Ellerslie Santa Parade is taking a break

It’s hard to believe but Christmas is just around the corner 🎄🎅🏽

After much consideration, the Ellerslie Business Association Board has decided that the Ellerslie Santa Parade will take a break in 2023 and we’ll instead be celebrating Christmas in Ellerslie with a different event – Christmas in the Square.

Health and Safety requirements, resource and costs to run the event have increased significantly, while funding opportunities have decreased. Given the current economic conditions, the event just isn’t viable for 2023 unfortunately.

Our job as the Ellerslie Business Association is to make Ellerslie Village a vibrant and thriving town centre – and that means our businesses are doing well. Due to the extensive road closure, the Santa Parade format isn’t ideal for everyone. We’re trialling something new this year to see if we can create a Christmas event which benefits both community and business.

We’re really excited to bring Christmas in the Square to Ellerslie! Mark your diaries: Friday 8 December from 3 – 6.30pm in the Town Square and Arthur Street carpark. There will be live Christmas music, facepainting, entertainers and a bouncy castle. And of course, Santa will be visiting too!

This event has community at the heart and, like the parade, we’re seeking involvement from local community groups and schools – we want the event to reflect the spirit of Ellerslie and represent why it’s a great place to live.

Keep an eye on our social channels. More information to follow.

Any questions or feedback, we’re always keen to hear. Please email us at hello@ellerslievillage.co.nz or our DM us!


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