Residents are invited to come down and cheer on Emergency Service and Council personnel participating in a Street Parade down the main street (Comur) in Yass this Thursday evening just after 6 pm.

The parade acknowledges the work emergency services and Council staff do year-round regardless of the holiday season. It also draws attention to the Late-Night Shopping trading and special events in the CBD the same evening. Santa will be there in his own special “vehicle.”

Starting from 5 pm the SPIN (Supporting People in Need) Foundation has gathered various prizes to be raffled off, which has exceeded expectations.

“It’s ended up bigger than we imagined. We have 60 prizes valued at $5,500” President of SPIN, Mr Barry O’Mara advised.

“I’m a traditionalist and wanted to bring back the APEX stocking. I remember it from when I was a kid. It’s important we keep traditions going,” Mr O’Mara said.

Last night shopping in town is an excellent way to GoLocal and support business in our community. President of Yass Business Chamber Jack Walker is confident the community will get behind this initiative.

“We are hoping the Chrissy shopping this year will be bigger and better than ever. The fact that we can’t travel a lot this year means a lot of people have been saving and are probably looking to support local festivities,’ Mr Walker said.

Sources tell us that Santa Claus is also expected to make an appearance on the night between 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

The street parade will commence at 6:15 pm and will start at the Yass Visitors Centre adjacent to Coronation Park. The vehicles involved will go through Comur street and loop around at the end. The vehicles will then be parked on Meehan Street between the Newsagency and Miller’s Pharmacy so children can get their photo with Santa.

During the parade, the road will remain open, so please use caution while taking photos or driving during this time.

The street is also being dressed up this year, with Council installing fairy lights throughout the trees. Contractors have been hard at work getting the display ready, and an electrician has been tasked with installing power to the lights today (Wednesday the 16th of December.)

Along with the festive decorations, The Yass Council has also organised an AR (Augmented Reality) Santa. The AR Santa can be accessed through Instagram by scanning QR codes which will be set up at different locations around town. The Council are still confirming the details on locations for the Codes which will be available soon.

Ryan Betts