The NF McDonnell and Sons Mount Gambier Christmas Parade is a free community event, full of fantasy, floats, colourful characters, bands, dancers and more.
Keep an eye out for some of the local favourites including Christmas in Toy Town, Pirates 'R' Us, Bill the Steam Shovel, Hansel & Gretel, The Christmas Tree, Christmas Stars, and of course the Christmas Stocking with Father Christmas at the end of the parade. There will be a few new surprise floats as well!
This magical event comes to life with the incredible support of community members of all ages! It is managed by a community-based Advisory Group and many volunteers, as well as many local community groups and schools create colourful and entertaining floats. They compete for prizes judged on creativity and effort in building the most impressive floats. Three judges score the floats in the various categories. The City of Mount Gambier holds a presentation night to award the winners with a framed certificate and generous prize money.
The other great feature of the Mount Gambier Christmas Parade is the inclusion of the annual Blue Lake Brass Band Festival delivered by Lions Club of Mount Gambier. This event attracts high quality brass bands from around Australia. Many bands come back year after year as it is one of the few times they get to March and play in front of such a large and appreciative audience.
Continue the festivities and visit Father Christmas at the Party in the Park.