Richmond Santa Parade


Santa Claus is comin’ to town, in fact he’s been and gone and left a number of happy boys and girls in his wake.

The Richmond Pak ‘n Save Santa Parade took over Queen St on Sunday, featuring thirty-two floats, including the jolly old man himself.

As usual, hundreds lined the main street to catch a view of Santa, as well as enjoy a variety of other eye-catching, tinsel coated floats, including a steam machine, fire truck and American muscle car, plus, the Richmond, Wakefield and Brightwater Scouts, marching groups and plenty of elves and angels.

Organiser Kim Quint says this year’s parade was amongst some of the best Richmond had seen.

“I think it was actually one of the better ones because we have tried over the years to really slow the parade down, it gives people a chance to interact with the crowd and for the crowd to actually see the floats. I think the caliber of floats was really good, people put in a lot of effort. The amount of volunteers and extra helpers that we had was incredible…because we couldn’t do it without them. We have amazing sponsors too so every year we never battle to find [any].”

Richmond’s Bridget Hobden, who along with her family has been to every show for the last 10 years, agreed saying it was great to see lots of floats coming down the street to welcome in the festive season.

The parade ended with the announcement of the winning floats, third place going to the Waimea JAB Rugby Club, who received $200 worth of Pak ‘n Save vouchers. Ray White Real Estate finished in second place and received $300 worth of Pak ‘n Save vouchers thanks to their gingerbread house and accompanying gingerbread men, while the big prize of $500 of Pak ‘n Save vouchers went to Grace Church, whose float depicted the nativity, along with a live band. A special mention also went out to the Scouts and the Nelson Speedway.