Top Tips!
This page is dedicated to giving you all the essential logistical information you will need for parade day! The Parade starts at 1pm and ends at approximately 2.30pm, with Santa’s Party from 2.30pm to 5.00pm in Aotea Square.

Santa Parade Map

Parade Route

The Parade Route is 1.8km long and takes approximately 1 hour to pass any given point.

Top Tip: The best (unknown) viewing spots are Mayoral Drive and the corner of Upper Queen Street and Mayoral Drive. There is usually ample space to even lay down a picnic blanket and then wander down to Aotea Square afterward!

Road Closure

All inner city roads are closed between 11am and 5pm on Sunday 28 November 2021. People are advised to get into the city before 11am to avoid frustration with traffic and parking.

Free Parking

Parking will be FREE on Parade Day for vehicles parked before 11am and exited between 2pm-6pm at these Auckland Transport Carparks:

  • Downtown
  • Victoria Street

Please note exit before 2pm and after 6pm will incur a fee.


For information on Bus, Train and Ferry schedules and fares including family and group passes visit or call the AT Public Transport Contact Centre on 09 366 6400.

Children ride trains FREE on weekends. Children must be aged 5-15 and have a registered AT HOP card.

Rain Date

Should it, 'Rain on our Parade', an announcement to move to our rain date will be made on the day.
Our rain date is Sunday 5th December.

Blue ‘honour’ line

This line will be painted along the Parade route. The Police ask that all Parade spectators stay behind the line while watching the Parade!

Parade Collection

There will be a collection for Paralympics New Zealand pre-Parade so please bring a gold coin donation.

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Let the Christmas celebrations go on after the Parade with Heart of the City’s guide packed with fun events, unique gifts, delicious dining and so much more. Click here for more information!

Santa Party & Pre Parade

2020 Parade Info