Finishing touches are being put on floats in preparation for the three Christmas parades taking place across the Bay this weekend.

The Trustpower Christmas Parade will take place in Tauranga on Saturday from 11am travelling down Devonport Rd and The Strand.

Elsa, from Frozen will make her second appearance in the parade with Lara Corkery set to play the Disney princess.

Ms Corkery, 16, said she was looking forward to the parade after playing Elsa last year.

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"It was so much fun seeing all the young kids smiling and waving back at you. I normally don't like crowded places and was quite nervous but, looking back, it was really fun.

Ms Corkery said she had watched the Disney film many times and admired Elsa's story that you did not need a boy or a man to save the day.

Last year, more than 15,000 people lined the streets of Tauranga to get a glimpse of the big jolly fella, dressed in red.

Mainstreet Tauranga Christmas Parade organiser Fiona Corkery said they were hoping for even more spectators this year.

There were 54 floats, vehicles and bands registered for the parade.

This year Te Puke will celebrate Christmas and its cultural diversity with the Epic Te Puke Float Parade and Multicultural Food Festival in the town.

Epic Te Puke was hosting the town's parade this year which would be followed by an inaugural multi-cultural food festival.

"Our community has been busy organising their floats and we have a great showcase this year," said Epic Te Puke marketing manager Rebecca Larsen.

Ms Larsen said if people still wanted in on the parade action they could bring their pet along on a lead and walk them in the parade.

The Te Puke pipe band will lead the parade which starts at 11am.

Town crier Michael Jones and Santa are all ready for the Epic Te Puke Float Parade on Saturday. Photo/Stuart Whitaker
Town crier Michael Jones and Santa are all ready for the Epic Te Puke Float Parade on Saturday. Photo/Stuart Whitaker

The Lions Club of Katikati's annual Santa Parade and Christmas in the Park will start at 3pm and go through Main Rd in Katikati to Moore Park.

The Katikati Santa parade would have an open theme this year, making the parade more exciting, said Lions Club of Katikati president David Eddy.

"I'd like to see heaps of entries in the float parade and lots of people at Moore Park enjoying the entertainment provided."

Lara Corkery will feature as Elsa from Frozen at the Tauranga santa parade this weekend. Photo/John Borren
Lara Corkery will feature as Elsa from Frozen at the Tauranga santa parade this weekend. Photo/John Borren