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Festive cheer unites Johnsonville for a day of fun

Nov 28th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

SEASON’S GREETINGS: Peter Dunne MP takes the reins as Santa’s elf in last year’s parade

SANTA CLAUS and his friends will pack the suburb of Johnsonville with festive cheer at the Northern Wellington Festival this Saturday.

The Festival brings community groups’ efforts together, with the local Rotary Club running a market fair and the Lions Club running a Christmas parade.

The market starts at 9am at the Johnsonville Community Centre hall, and the parade begins at 11:30am on the corner of Moorefield and Broderick Rds.

Lions member and parade organiser Eric Batten is confident the sun will shine on the 10,000 people expected over the weekend.

“Since the Christmas parade started in 2000 we’ve missed one year because of high winds, but apart from that we’ve gone ahead in all weathers,” he says.

Ohariu MP Peter Dunne has chaired the festival organising committee since 1993, and in recent years has played an elf on the Santa float.

Reprising his role this year, Mr Dunne says he welcomes this injection of fun into the northern suburbs’ calendar.

“It has been a tough year for many people, so hopefully the festival will lift their spirits a little before Christmas,” he says.

“I always look forward to the huge crowds who turn out to see the parade, and who come to the market day immediately afterwards.”

In addition to the parade and market, there will be various events to inspire Christmas cheer this weekend.

The Cantate Choir will perform at the Johnsonville Uniting Church on Dr Taylor Tce at 7:30pm on Saturday night. Tickets are $15 for adults and free for children.

On Sunday, Alex Moore Park will play host to a festival of kites, weather permitting.

Families are encouraged to bring along their own small kites and enjoy the larger ones on display.

There will be flower arrangements from the Johnsonville Floral Art Club at the Uniting Church all weekend long, and a display of 55 decorated Christmas trees at the Salvation Army on Johnsonville Rd.

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