With Christmas fast approaching, there are exciting festive events for all ages and needs within the City of Playford community.
The annual Playford Christmas Pageant will celebrate its 15th year, while the Elizabeth City Centre will see Sensory Santa return following a successful 2016 season.
Pageant funThe annual Playford Christmas Pageant is organised by volunteers and features floats from local businesses, schools and other community groups.
Pageant organiser Shirley Hall, who is also a City of Playford councillor, said this year’s family-orientated event will be plenty of fun.
“With our local pageant, people are very family- and, in particular, child-orientated and make sure that they are safe and can see everything that passes on the road,” Mrs Halls said.
“We believe that there is a need to bring as many different cultures as possible and to continue the children's beliefs in something good that will inspire them.” READ: Callea headlines Playford's carols
With a crowd of 7000 expected, Shirley said that some of the best vantage points to enjoy the pageant from are under the trees on Anderson Walk or behind Munno Para Shopping City, near Coles.
The pageant starts at 9:30am on 25 November at the corner of Queen Street and Anderson Walk, travelling through Smithfield and ending at Munno Para Shopping City, where children can take photos with Santa. Sensory SantaAlongside the traditional events, this year sees Playford welcome back a fairly new Christmas experience.
For some families who have children with special needs, Christmas can be an overwhelming time.
Loud music, bright lights and busy shopping centres sometimes make the taking of an annual Santa photo impossible.
To provide an inclusive opportunity, Elizabeth City Centre hosts SA’s only Sensory Santa experience.
The experience, organised in conjunction with Sensory Souls, allows children with special needs to meet Santa without the stress of long queues, crowds and loud noise.
Sensory Souls partner Chanelle Avison was inspired to create Sensory Santa after her own experiences of struggling to get Santa photos with her own special needs children.
“As a parent of children with special needs, having the opportunity to go out as a family in an environment that caters for my autistic children, fills the gaps in my photo album,” Chanelle said.
“Before Sensory Santa, the last photo my children had with Santa was when they were nine-months-old, now, eight years on, we have photos that we can share with our families that will last a lifetime.”
Elizabeth City Centre will be open outside of usual hours on some dates in November and December, providing children and families a calm and quiet environment for their meeting with the man in red. For more information:
Playford Christmas Pageant