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Celebrate the return of the NF McDonnell and Sons Christmas Parade

Celebrate the return of the NF McDonnell and Sons Christmas Parade
08 August 2022

Daryl Ferguson, Greg Muller, Andy Cusack, Tom Telford, Helen Telford and Alan Liptrott with a new float ahead of the 2022 NF McDonnell and Sons Christmas Parade.
Parade Volunteers
Daryl Ferguson, Greg Muller, Andy Cusack, Tom Telford, Helen Telford and Alan Liptrott with a new float ahead of the 2022 NF McDonnell and Sons Christmas Parade.

The much-loved NF McDonnell and Sons Christmas Parade is returning to Mount Gambier on 19 November 2022, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

After two years of celebrating Christmas with Santa’s Boulevard, there is excitement building at the City of Mount Gambier Council Depot, where volunteers are preparing floats for the first parade in the city since 2019.

Lynette Martin, Mayor of Mount Gambier, said that the Christmas Parade is a terrific day for everyone in the city, both young and old.

“The Mount Gambier Christmas Parade has been held every year since 1959, except for the last two years, so it is exciting to see the event return to the city streets,” Mayor Martin said.

“The parade is the largest regional South Australian event of its kind, and we expect thousands of families to line Commercial Street to welcome Father Christmas to the city”.
Mayor of Mount Gambier Lynette Martin


Greg Muller, the volunteer coordinator, said that volunteers have already started work on preparation for the Parade, which will feature both old favourites and exciting new floats.

“We’ve got a terrific team of volunteers who spend a morning every week from July until the Parade getting everything in great condition. After a couple of years of the boulevard, the team are excited to be heading back to the traditional Parade,” Mr Muller said.

The event has long been sponsored by Mount Gambier company NF McDonnell and Sons, and CEO Craig Nisbett said he and staff are proud to be associated with the annual Christmas Parade.

“NF McDonnell and Sons is a long-time supporter of the Christmas Parade, and the return to the street in November is fantastic for the city and the thousands of people that line Commercial Street to welcome Father Christmas to the city,” Mr Nisbet said.

The NF McDonnell and Sons Christmas Parade is on 19 November 2022, and updates will be provided by the City of Mount Gambier as information becomes available.

Media contact: City of Mount Gambier Media and Communications Coordinator Jamie McDonald on 8721 2401 or jmcdonald@mountgambier.sa.gov.au