For the first time in many years, Father Christmas will return to Rundle Mall. This is to commemorate the very first Christmas Pageant in 1933, where Father Christmas was delivered to John Martins in Rundle Street (now Rundle Mall).
This also means that Father Christmas's float will stop at a new location - the corner of Kintore Avenue and North Terrace. He will then travel on foot up Gawler Place to the Magic Cave in the David Jones store in the Mall.
You can download the 2017 route map here. As well as the new route, the map shows all of the locations for toilets, water stations, first aid and wheelchair access points etc.
Three new floats will be included in the Pageant this year, including the Snowman float which was the winning entry in the Mini-Float Design Competition. The winning design was entered by 8-year-old Sophia Ivanica of Para Vista Primary School and beat more than 250 entries!
There are so many floats in the Pageant, that by the time the first float has reached North Terrace, Father Christmas is just leaving South Terrace!
Download the full float list from the Pageant's website here. If you'd like to pick up a copy of the Pageant brochure and float list before the day, call into any of the following Credit Unions: People's Choice Credit Union, Beyond Bank, Credit Union SA and Police Credit Union.
The Christmas Pageant is always held on the second Saturday in November........ unless that Saturday is the 11th (Remembrance Day). If that occurs - which it has this year - the date is moved to the following Saturday.
This year, you can support the Leukaemia Foundation and you and your family could be in the running to win a prize in the lottery with a total prize pool of over $31,000!
1st Prize is a Royal Family Experience for you and your family to ride on the Royal Family Float.
2nd Prize is a Clown Experience. Ever wanted to be a clown in the Pageant? Now's your chance!
3rd Prize - One children's character position to be accompanied by two adults in the 2017 Credit Union Christmas Pageant
4th Prize - a $1,000 Beyond Bank VISA Debit Card
5th Prize - Family pass for four people to view 2017 Credit Union Christmas Pageant from official Events South Australia Viewing Platform
6th Prize - $1,000 Bridgestone Select Tyre Voucher
7th Prize - $500 Rundle Place Gift Card
8th Prize - Family pass for four to attend Stardust Castle Kids Christmas Party, to be held on Saturday 9th December 2017
Have a question or need more information? Go to the Credit Union Christmas Pageant website - there's a heap of info on there and you'll find an answer to any question that you may have.
So, get along bright and early. Put your favourite Christmas t-shirt on, lay a picnic blanket out behind the blue line, give the kids a bucket of chalk and get yourself set for the 2017 Christmas Pageant!. All of the fun will start with the blow of the golden whistle at South Terrace at 9.30am.
Can't get to the city to watch the Pageant? Then tune into Channel 9 and watch the broadcast and get all the fun commentary about the clowns, the floats and of course Father Christmas. The Pageant will be shown on TV twice on the day - at 10.30am and repeated again at 7pm. If watching it twice just isn't enough, put the telly on at 9am on Christmas Day and relive the magic all over again. Wherever you are and whenever you choose to watch, enjoy the Pageant - it's a magical day!