Parade Day Information


Join us for the Trustpower Christmas Parade, the parade that heralds the start of the Christmas season, featuring colourful community floats, lively bands, marching teams, acrobatic groups and colourful characters. Santa will join us and has invited many of his friends along too. He has chosen two of his most trusted reindeer to help him and he has asked that the elves get his presents ready early for the occasion, so watch out for him at the end of the parade.

Of course there will be a few surprises along the way....including larger than life characters. We don't want to give too much away, but you won't want to miss a particular fire breathing creature this year, or the new Downtown Tauranga float! There will be giveaways, music, dance and plenty of fun at the 2018 Trustpower Christmas Parade.

Make sure you stay in town after the Trustpower Christmas Parade on the 1st December for the family entertainment on the waterfront. This year will be bigger and better than ever with the addition of CCS Disability Action presenting the ‘Celebrate Us’ Concert from 12pm-3pm. Celebrate the International Day of People with Disability and be entertained by talented performers through music, dance, kapa haka and more.

Little Entertainment Company will also have rides set up on the waterfront from 12pm - 2pm, plus enjoy facepainting, yummy candyfloss and shaved ice and say hello to Santa himself!

We're also very excited to announce a new installation which will feature in Red Square for Christmas this year. For the first time ever, Downtown Tauranga will have a GIANT Advent Calendar in the city centre. Each day in December, we will reveal a special display inside a window of the advent calendar. Community groups and artists have created some of the displays and the first one will be revealed on the 1st December - when the Trustpower Christmas Parade has come to an end. Head to Red Square to see what's inside, and then head to the Waterfront for all of the exciting family entertainment we have installed!

Everyone is welcome a the Trustpower Christmas Parade in Downtown Tauranga on the 1st December and we're so looking forward to seeing you there!



Parade: Starts at 11am from bottom of Third Avenue north and finishes at approximately 12pm at the bottom of Harington Street

Red Square Advent Calendar: First window opens at 12pm 

CCS Disability Action "Celebrate Us" show on the Tauranga Waterfront: 12pm - 3pm

Waterfront Entertainment with Little Entertainment Company: 12pm - 3pm


Alternative Transport Options

You could catch a bus into the city centre to watch the parade and be dropped off close to the action.  You can relax and let someone else do the driving, enjoy the day in Downtown Tauranga and take a leisurely trip home again. Check out for more details.

You could also bike into town, a fantastic opportunity to get some exercise.  



Parking is available in the two car park buildings on parade day;

  • Elizabeth Street car park building
  • Spring Street car park building

Off street parking is available.

There will be no onstreet parking available in Devonport Road from Fourth and Third Avenue to the Strand and some side streets from 6am until after the roads have been reopened, post parade.

There will be extra mobility parking provided in The Strand Waterfront Car Park for the Parade and Celebrate US Concert. 


Road Closures

Road closures in the city centre for the Trustpower Christmas Parade 2018 are:

  • Third and Fourth Avenues from Cameron Road to Devonport Road will be closed from 8am – 1pm (at the latest)
  • Devonport Road from Elizabeth Street north to The Strand 10.00am to 2.00pm (at the latest)
  • The Strand from Devonport Road north McLean Street 10.00am to 2.00pm
  • Harington Street from Willow Street to The Strand 10.00am to 2.00pm
  • Devonport Road from Fourth Avenue north to Elizabeth Street and Elizabeth Street from Grey Street to Devonport Road 10.30am and will reopen once the parade has gone through



Parade Day Information
Parade Day Information
Parade Day Information
Parade Day Information