Santa Claus is coming to town, and he’s bound for East Devonport on Saturday, 3 December for the 20th Christmas in the East – Santa Run.
The annual event is a joint initiative with East Devonport Child Family and Learning Centre, East Devonport Neighbourhood House, Rotary Club of Devonport South East, Pathway Shed, Housing Choices, Devonport Anglican Church, Vinnies East Devonport, Devonport City Council and community volunteers.
Devonport Mayor Alison Jarman said Santa and his entourage will make their way through as many main streets and crossroads as possible, spreading some Christmas cheer and handing out lollies donated by local businesses.
Cr Jarman said Santa and his helpers will be making a lot of noise so people can hear them coming with plenty of notice.
“Christmas in the East is such a wonderful celebration for the East Devonport community and each year the smiles on the children’s faces brings so much joy to Santa and his helpers,” Cr Jarman said.
“It’s hard to believe the event has been held in various formats throughout the East Devonport community for 20 years. It is an honour for Devonport City Council be part of this community event.”
Centre Leader of the East Devonport Child and Family Learning Centre Jenny Mountney said Christmas in the East was a fun way to bring families Christmas joy and celebrate their community.
“This is a great event that boosts the community spirit, it connects us all and brings the smiles on everyone’s faces,” Ms Mountney said.
“One thing that makes this event so unique is the way everyone wants to pitch in and get involved. It’s always given the residents something to look forward to.
“We are grateful for the generous support from local businesses, organisations, Council and volunteers that help make Christmas in the East so special.”
Christmas in the East – Santa Run will be held on Saturday, 3 December from 3.30-5pm in the streets of East Devonport. Watch out on the corner of your street – from Pardoe to Ambleside, listen for the noise!!