Plans for an extra-merry Christmas

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by Emma Perry

It is sure to be a jolly Christmas in Timaru this year, thanks to the Timaru Christmas Parade Trust.

The Santa Parade will be going ahead on December 6 and 17 floats have booked in so far.

Two new initiatives have been launched to triple the cheer.

Timaru Christmas Parade Trust co-ordinator Teressa May said a Christmas lights competition was being run this year, where people could register their home’s Christmas lights and be in to win sponsored prizes.

The competition will run from December 1 to December 20, and would also act as a place where people can find out where Christmas lights are in Timaru, she said.

“Previously it’s been word of mouth or you’ve just followed the car in front when going around and looking at Christmas lights .. this year you’ll be able to find out where lights are.”

Winners will be contacted on December 22 and prizes would include $750, $500 and $250 cash.

“Christmas for people this year will be different and difficult so this will bring a little cheer into their lives,” Mrs May said.

The second initiative was a Christmas Cheer message.

People can upload a photo of their family or social group to the Timaru Santa Parade website and attach a message.

Members of the trust would then create a video combining people’s submissions and share it to social media, she said.

“It’s a nice wee thing that is going to create some further Christmas cheer for people.

“We don’t know where we are going to be with Covid-19. If we’re in Level 2, the parade can’t go ahead so this is a nice extra thing to do just in case.”

The lights and Christmas Cheer initiatives can be found on the Blackham and Co Harcourts website and the Timaru Santa Parade website.