It was Christmas time in the city for thousands who flocked to see the annual Auckland Farmers Santa Parade yesterday.

After bad weather postponed the parade last week, sunny skies opened up for a great day to celebrate its 85th birthday in the centre of the City of Sails.

Children of all ages dressed in sparkly numbers danced ahead of an array of dazzling floats and giant-sized characters from a giant Buzzy Bee to a huge Santa's elf and even a T-Rex dinosaur.

Each float had its own music blasting loudly; with a mix of the traditional Christmas hymns and carols, children's songs, Bollywood instrumentals and even Beyonce's Single Ladies heard.

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On top of the world: One-year-old Ava Pamenter sits on dad Harry's shoulders to get a better glimpse of the parade. Photo / Vaimoana Tapaleao
On top of the world: One-year-old Ava Pamenter sits on dad Harry's shoulders to get a better glimpse of the parade. Photo / Vaimoana Tapaleao

Little Ava Pamenter, 20 months old, was spotted on top of dad Harry's shoulders - which seemed to be the best spot for many youngsters keen to catch a glimpse of the colourful display.

She danced and giggled as a group of giant teddy bears danced past her.

Tanaya Solanki, 4, dressed up specially for her first Santa's parade.

Decked out in a colourful tutu and a unicorn crown, she was all smiles when asked about the day's events.

Tanaya Solanki, 4, with her dad Utkarsh Solanki at this year's Auckland Farmers Santa Parade. Photo / Vaimoana Tapaleao
Tanaya Solanki, 4, with her dad Utkarsh Solanki at this year's Auckland Farmers Santa Parade. Photo / Vaimoana Tapaleao

"It was so nice!"

Mum and dad Sneha and Utkarsh Solanki said they wanted to bring her to enjoy the Christmas spirit.

The main man of the moment was, of course, Santa Claus.

After some controversy over the past week, Neville Baker again took on the role he has played for the past five years; donning the deep red suit and fluffy white beard.

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Screams of delight greeted him as Santa's float finally appeared - with Father Christmas's voice amplified over the crowds.

"Merry Christmas, Auckland!"