Santa to spend weekend in Mahurangi

The weekend of November 24 and 25 looks likely to be a highlight for Santa Claus, as he makes a flying visit from the North Pole to parades in Wellsford and Warkworth.

The Wellsford Parade kicks off on Saturday, November 24 at 10.30am at the Wellsford Railway Station on Station Road. Santa and accompanying floats will then proceed to the Wellsford Community Centre, via Matheson Road. The parade will serve as a curtain-raiser for the Wellsford Country Show, which starts at 11am at Centennial Park.

On Sunday, November 25, Santa will appear at a parade in Warkworth. Floats will begin assembling in Baxter Street around 11am and the parade will commence at 11.30am. The parade will travel twice around a loop route, comprising Queen Street, Mill Lane and Neville Street. It will finish up back in Baxter Street at the Lucy Moore Memorial Park for a lolly scramble and prizegiving.

Organiser Murray Chapman says Santa will be travelling in a smartened up sleigh this year, thanks to spray painting and other improvements undertaken by Mason Contractors.

Plenty of floats have already signed up to participate in both parades and honour Santa but organisers say more are welcome.

Mason Contractors have volunteered to loan a truck for anyone wishing to put a float in the Warkworth parade.

To enter a float in the Wellsford parade email For Warkworth, email