Who doesn't love a good parade? Rotary Birkenhead will be bringing a spectacular parade to the streets of Birkenhead Village to launch the festive Christmas season.
This fabulous event is now in its 35th year and has become something of a local institution. With more than 50 different floats, bands and other entertaining characters in the parade, it's a community occasion not to be missed!
Free entertainment and market from 2pm. Parade at 4pm. Special family meal offers from Highbury restaurants 5–7pm.
All the details are below.
Street Entertainment, Free Activities & Market Festival
Face painters, balloon twisters, stilt walkers, music and other entertainment will be in the village from 2pm. All FREE.
Face painters and balloon twisters will be stationed at Kaimataara o Wai Manawa.
Market stalls by village retailers, restaurants, local artisians and community groups will be on Hinemoa Street and Birkenhead Ave.
Find a special Christmas gift, discover a bargin or treat yourself at a market stall.
Come early and enjoy the fun and free entertainment.
Come and visit Santa
Friday 6 December 3.00–5.30pm
Saturday 7 December 10.00-4.00pm
Santa's Grotto will be located at the Birkenhead Library. Come and see Santa, for free.
Kids can capture their Christmas wishes in a letter to Santa.
Click on the letter or download theLetter to Santa template here, write your letter and bring it with you to post in the special Santa mailbox.
Instant photos with Santa will be available, for free.
A gold coin donation is welcome.
All dontations will help support Rotary Birkenhead local projects in 2020.
Donate a present to the Rotary Birkenhead Christmas Charity Collection to bring Christmas joy to a child in need.
Enter the Rotary Birkenhead Christmas Colouring Competition.
Click on the picture above ordownload an entry form here, colour it in, and drop it into Santa's Grotto.
The competition is open to children aged 12 and under who attend Beach Haven Primary, Birkdale Intermediate, Birkdale North Primary, Birkdale Primary, Birkenhead Primary, Chelsea Primary, Kauri Park or Verran Primary Schools.
Take your entry to Santa's Grotto between 3 and 5.30pm on Friday 6 December, or on Saturday 7 December between 10am and 4pm.
For full terms and conditions click here.
The parade starts at 4pm
The Rotary Birkenhead Christmas Parade is very popular.
We suggest you arrive early to find your spot to watch the parade.
The Parade will leave the assembly area in the Rawene Road carpark proceed down Rawene Road into Birkenhead Avenue, turn left into the Highbury Bypass, left again into Mokoia Road, right into Rawene Road and end at the assembly area in the Rawene Road carpark.
Come along and enjoy it all!
Information for Parade Participants
To ensure a safe and enjoyable parade for all, parade participants need to be familiar with some important information. Take a look at the Rotary Birkenhead Christmas Parade Guidelines 2019 to find out all you need to know, or download the guidelines below.