Getting ready for this year’s Nelson Santa Parade are from left; Morrison Square manager Ange Leonard, Uniquely Nelson manager Simon Duffy, Mark Soper, Cate Dewar and organiser Huup Waagen. Photo: Andrew Board.

Change of direction for Santa Parade


Santa Claus is literally ‘coming to town’ this year as the annual Nelson Santa Parade changes its route.

Instead of the usual Church Steps to Trafalgar Park direction, this year the parade will start at Trafalgar Park, run down Trafalgar and Hardy Sts, finishing at Morrison Square for the Christmas Carnival.

Parade organiser Huup Waagen says the “improved” direction of the parade is thanks to an “exciting” new collaboration between the Nelson Santa Parade Trust, Rotary, Nelson Weekly/Nelson App, Uniquely Nelson and Morrison Square.

“We are so excited about the changes, because Santa Claus will actually be coming to town this year – not leaving it.”

He says Morrison Square will become a festive zone following the parade – even the Santa himself will be making an appearance.

“All we need now are some parade entries and to encourage people to start building we’ll have two cash prizes of $500 up for grabs, for the most creative entry and for the group with the most participants.”

Huup says that the trial summer closure of the top of Trafalgar St wasn’t a “huge factor” in the decision to change the route, as it had already been in the pipeline for a few years.

The parade will kick-off on Sunday, December 3 at 12pm, with the Christmas Carnival starting at 1pm.

For information on how to enter a float or to help out beforehand or on the day go to