Santa’s Big Day Out


The Farmers Santa Parade holds a special place in the hearts of generations of NZ children and believe it or not, celebrated its 55th anniversary of this much-loved family event.

In this fun one hour Christmas special – Santa’s Big Day Out – our “Christmas fairy” Stacey Daniels takes viewers behind the scenes to discover how this favourite festive pageant is brought to life.

With Stacey, we meet the “elves” who beaver away for months to create the parade – people like Peter Taylor, float designer for the past 30 years, costume designers Roselle Thompson and Maralyn Meyrick, and parade organiser Pam Glaser.

We also meet some of the child and adult volunteers who help with the entertainment, and of course, Santa himself.

With magical visual effects, and a flick of her wand, Stacey follows the countdown as the parade deadline draws closer.

On the day of the parade, viewers will see the final preparations from 5am, plus a multi-camera coverage of the parade itself.

Before director Matt McHale began on this project, he had no idea of the work that went on behind the scenes of a Santa parade.

“I was amazed to find out people were preparing for the big day months and months beforehand.  I followed the key personnel in the weeks leading up to the event and was astonished by their dedication.  To them this is certainly more than just a job, and judging by the amount of years they have all put in, not one easily given up.”


Promotional Trailer

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Production Details

Producer: Rachel Stace

Presenter: Stacey Daniels


Exec producer: Tony Manson

Network exec: Irene Gardiner

Director: Matt McPhail

Researcher: Rachel Stace

Offline Editor: Craig Lindsay

Online Editor: Norm Skipp

Production manager:

DV Camera: Simon Bevers, James Anderson, Raymond Hawes

Camera: Paul Clark, Simon Ellis, Steven Orsbourn

Sound: Deb Frame, Andy Thomas, Ant Nevison

Sound Mix: Terry Murphy

Music: ‘Give a Whirl’ (N. Finn/T. Finn)

Production accountant: Jeanette Wiles-Cromie

Financial controller: Glenda Paterson

Funded by: TVNZ