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Here's Father Christmas: Father Christmas waves to all the locals who and tourists alike. His appearance caps off a stellar year for the region. Photo: Supplied
Here's Father Christmas: Father Christmas waves to all the locals who and tourists alike. His appearance caps off a stellar year for the region. Photo: Supplied

On Sunday, December 9 a record crowd of well over 2000 people attended the third annual Community Christmas Parade in McLaren Vale. 

Over 25 floats made up of local businesses and community groups, including the McLaren Vale & Districts Hospital, McLaren Vale CFS, children from the McLaren Vale Primary School, Netball & Football clubs plus many more.

Sandy Mount, Chair of the McLaren Vale Business & Tourism Association said the parade was a terrific success, full of colour and smiles followed by a fantastic family gathering in The Piazza including music, sausage sizzle and Father Christmas.

“It is always such fun to see a strong community event in our town at this time of the year – well done to all!” she said. 

The event was supported by the City of Onkaparinga, Arise Christian Church, Bendigo Bank, TerryWhite Chemmart McLaren Vale, Southvac Hydro Excavation, Julia Brown Naturopath & Cheri-Em. 

Live music from the Arise Christian Church and popular local band Dustbowl Chic entertained the community in the Piazza.

Free face painting, games and activities for children were also enjoyed.

Event organiser, Jenni Mitton said organising the Christmas Parade for our community is definitely a highlight for her each year.

“To see the number of people lining the Main Road – smiling faces, excited children waving to their friends, entire families including mums, dads, kids and grandparents gathered together with their neighbours was really special,” she said. 

“Offering an event for the community where you can bring along a picnic from home or stroll the main street and support local traders is what this is all about – something for everyone”.

The event capped of a tremendous year for many businesses and the entire McLaren Vale region.