Christmas Parade Party this weekend kicks off with free buses

Santa’s come early this year and given everyone a free bus ride to the annual Christmas Parade Party as NPDC again makes the city centre car-free.

NPDC and the city centre are serving up the festive spirit on Saturday November 30 and Taranaki Regional Council is providing free buses to and from the central city all day, with the New Plymouth Central Lions putting on the main feature, the annual Christmas Parade, from 1pm.

NPDC’s See It In The City team is organising a full programme of fun from 11am until the parade starts at 1pm.

The entertainment will include performances on the Zeal stage, a Let’s Go Bling Your Bike station, the More FM Santa Sprint, three-on-three basketball, e-bike and e-scooter demos, street picnics and markets, and more.

TRC’s transport services manager Chris Clarke says it’s a great opportunity to have a fun day without parking and traffic hassles.

“If you’ve never used the buses before, why not give it a go?”

Santa’s cavalcade will take a circuit route again this year, starting at the Clock Tower and moving east along Devon St, turning left down Liardet St and heading back down Gill St/Ariki St back to the start.

Free buses will be running all day. So plan your trip, and don’t miss out on a super event in our car free central city.

Extra Saturday Christmas shopper bus services will again be scheduled in December, with details of routes, timetables and fares on

PHOTO CAPTION: Isabelle McFarlane and Samantha Hart are giving this year’s Christmas Parade the thumbs up.