Trifecta of celebrations for Hamilton Christmas Parade


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7 December 2009

The ever-popular Hamilton Christmas Parade is back this year with a trifecta of free and family-friendly celebrations to be staged on Sunday 13 December.

From 2pm on Sunday dozens of creative floats will start from Rostrevor Street making their way down the full length of Anglesea Street. The big red man himself will be there along with a vast array of pre-parade entertainment and even more spectacular floats than last year.

A painted blue honour line has been added to the roadside this year and spectators are asked to please remain behind it at all times for everyone's safety and enjoyment.

For the first time ever the Hamilton Christmas Parade After-party will be staged in Garden Place this year from 3-4.30pm. Parade-goers can join the fun and party with their favourite larger than life friends - Sponge Bob and Dora the Explorer. There will be lots of family entertainment including face painting and bouncy castles as well as onstage performances from The Tip Top Popsicle Band, Yo Gabba Gabba, Drury Lane Dance School and Ronald McDonald.

Moving into the evening Hamiltonians are encouraged to join the Salvation Army and friends for some good old fashioned carols by candlelight under Hamilton's Garden Place Christmas Tree. Song sheets are available to everyone free of charge and candles are available by donation to the Salvation Army.

Hamilton Christmas Parade Trust chairperson Karen Watkins says "The City Heart will be bustling with Christmas spirit this Sunday – it's free, family friendly and everyone is welcome. The Parade, the after-party and Carols under the Tree will be a great day and a great evening out for the whole city.

"Carols Under the Tree in particular offers the city a great chance to not only enjoy the festive atmosphere, but also give back to people less fortunate than themselves at this special time of year. During the carols Santa will be under Hamilton's Garden Place Christmas Tree collecting food and gift donations on behalf of the Salvation Army. All we ask is that people please wrap and label their gift donations 'girl' or 'boy'."

Name: Christine Watson
Designation: Communication Executive
Tel (Direct): 07 838 6509
Mobile: 021 791 264
Page reviewed: 07 Dec 2009 12:00am