In its 44th year, the parade will be on Saturday, 7 December. It promises to be bigger and better than ever with over 28 local organisations taking part including a steam engine, local children’s groups, marching band, majorettes, the fire service with a fire engine.
The festive atmosphere kicks off at 1.30pm with a Christmas market selling gifts and crafts. The parade starts in Story Lane at 1.25pm and continues along the Broadway and Dunyeats Road, ending at ‘the toast rack’ (car parking area in front of the shops) where the festivities continue with a Christmas Fair and lots of festive treats and offers from retailers.
Santa will then take his place in the grotto at Broadstone Methodist Church Centre and in a change in tradition, he will be receiving presents from the children. Gifts will be collected by Santa and his helpers for distribution to local children in care via the Ted Webster Family Centre in Poole.
There will be lots of additional events taking place on the day, including a free family film showing, craft stalls face painting and lots more. This year the parade is raising money for two local charities; LEAF (Leukemia Educating and Fundraising) and Broadstone Scout Group.
Come along, join in the fun and get Christmas of to flying start!