The Trustpower Christmas Parade is back this Saturday.

Santa's Kiwi bach will be in the Red Square, with Christmas stars and over sized Christmas presents appearing on the streets of Tauranga.

From 11am Batman, Elsa from Frozen, Alice and the Mad Hatter and Santa will be just some of the highlights as the Trustpower Christmas Parade makes its way down Devonport Rd and along The Strand.

Mainstreet Tauranga Christmas Parade organiser Fiona Corkery said there was even more fun and entertainment for the kids this year.


"There's something for the whole family. We have Batman on what we believe is the world's first fully constructed Bat Mobile jet ski, with a chase scene for the kids to boot.

"There's lollies and spot prizes for the kids and with entertainment on the waterfront after the Parade from the Little Entertainment Company we're expecting a huge day for the city centre."

Last year an estimated crowd of more the 15,000 people lined the streets and this year Mainstreet Tauranga is hoping for more.

"Every year we introduce new floats and work hard with the community to encourage a good mix of business and community floats and displays to delight the crowds.

"It takes a lot of work and we have limited resources but we are determined to build on the parade every year to create one befitting the city centre and our growing city" she said.

"We also look forward to the crowds staying afterwards and enjoying some Christmas shopping and lunch in the city."

Adding to the festivities in the city centre is the newly erected Kiwi bach in the Red Square.

"We wanted to create a place for Santa to spend some time in the lead up to Christmas.

"What started out as an idea to have a Santa's Grotto became The Kiwi bach... a chance for us to celebrate some of our Kiwi heritage. We wanted to put a smile on the face of locals who will relate to the bach heritage and, at the same time, create a little tourist attraction for the cruise ship visitors and others."

The project is a community collaboration with Tauranga Rotary, Guthrie Bowron Tauranga, Black Chilli, Media Works and Mainstreet Tauranga.

From December 10 Santa will take up residence at the bach.

From 11.30am to noon Santa will start the day reading stories to the kids in the Goddards Centre and from noon till 2pom he will be in Red Square, at The Bach, for lunch.