Dunedin’s Santa Parade just around the corner

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Ready to roll . . . Santa Parade Trust chairwoman Michelle Ellwood sits on the upgraded Alice Through the Looking Glass float which will be in the parade this Sunday. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

Santa Claus is coming to town this week.

People hoping to catch a glimpse of the big man in red can do so at Dunedin’s annual Santa Parade.

The parade, which is now in its 22nd year, will hit George St at 3pm on Sunday, followed by a family concert in the lower Octagon.

Santa Parade Trust chairwoman Michelle Ellwood said crowd-favourite floats would be back again – Barbie, the gingerbread house and minions

Some floats, including Alice in Wonderland, got a “facelift” since last year’s parade.

A mirror and painted cogs were added to the float, which was now called Alice Through the Looking Glass.

The trust started planning for the parade in August and maintenance of the floats was “always at the top of the list” of things to do.

Before the parade, Santa and his elves will visit the children’s ward of Dunedin Hospital to drop off presents – wooden toys made by prisoners at Otago Corrections Facility in Milton, and toys bought by the trust.

Ms Ellwood said they would leave extra presents for children who check in before Christmas.