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Santa Sleighs 'em in Kaiapoi

Santa sleighs 'em in Kaiapoi

Santa came to town for our Kaiapoi Christmas Carnival and Santa Parade 2018, and as the article suggests, He, the organisers, the businesses and the sponsors “sleighed it!”

Sponsors’ generosity enabled us to have a range of “zones” which were geared up to be primarily FREE to all, giving whole families the opportunity to have a fun and stress-free day out, with feedback being received from a grateful resident saying that “everything worked so well, and as grandparents we so appreciated all the fun things for the children to do for free – made it a real family outing”.

The businesses and community groups came together for the street market which was a great success and well supported by the residents of Kaiapoi and beyond, one couple from Christchurch even contacting the Waimakariri Council to compliment on “a great Santa Parade” and wanting to move out to Kaiapoi!  Many community groups declared that they raised much more for their causes than they expected, with at least a couple of organisations running out of raffle tickets and goods.  The businesses also reported unexpectedly good trading.

Commercial vendors within the carnival area were varied and saw great foot traffic throughout the day as many families stayed on after the parade to take advantage of the entertainment, as well as the shopping and food carts available.  More than one vendor commented that it was a “fantastic event”, and have already booked the date for 2019, with many more complimenting the Event Management team on a well organised event.

We saw some very talented, and mainly North Canterbury based, groups and individuals perform on the community stage and throughout the day, some taking part in all three components of the event. One group in particular putting pen to paper thanking the Event Management team for “doing such a fantastic job with the Christmas events at Kaiapoi this year”, saying that they “had a fantastic day out; all thoroughly enjoying playing in the street markets and the carnival as well as the actual parade”.

The Santa Parade and the Big Man in Red himself were amazing.  With a record amount of entries in the parade, including the new categories of Flolleys and Flooters, there was something for everyone to either join in with, or just enjoy watching.

With 98% of people surveyed on the day saying they would return for the event in 2019, it must be said that the 2018 Kaiapoi Christmas Carnival and Santa Parade was a HUGE success that was enjoyed by all.


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