Kicking off the festive season in style

IT is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Hobart, with thousands of people flocking to the CBD on 19 November to witness the 2016 Myer Hobart Christmas Pageant.

Around 35,000 people lined every available vantage point, eager to watch the 60 entrants and 1700 participants take part in the popular annual event.

Hobart Lord Mayor Sue Hickey said the pageant was an annual tradition, entertaining all ages with colourful community floats, dance groups, marching bands and messages of peace and goodwill.

“The Myer Hobart Christmas Pageant is the must-see event for families and is fostered through the dedication of council officers, our naming rights sponsor Myer, media partners, local businesses and community groups,” she said.

“The annual parade signals the start of the festive season, which is important for our community and city traders preparing for Christmas.”

Chairman of the council’s community, culture and events committee, Dr Peter Sexton, said the event was also remarkable for the huge number of people drawn to the city.

Dr Sexton said he admired the commitment of the people who took part and spent, in some cases, hundred of hours preparing special floats.

“At the conclusion of the parade, Paddington Bear and local talent from the cast of the blockbuster musical ‘Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz’ delighted parents and children with a special performance in Elizabeth Mall,” he said.

This year, the Myer Hobart Christmas Pageant attracted a total of 60 entries, all vying for 10 different awards.


Award category winners are listed below:

  • Best Entry of the Pageant: Winner – Holy Rosary Catholic School; Runner-up – Bravehearts.
  • Best Community Group: Winner – Dragons Abreast Tasmania, Hobart; Runner-up – Glenview Community Services Inc.
  • Best Business Group: Winner – Mangalore Kennels and Cattery; Runner-up – Cruise Travel Centre Hobart.
  • Best Band: Winner – Tasmania Police Pipe Band; Runner-up – City of Hobart Highland Pipe Band.
  • Best Dance Group: Winner – Hobart Dance Academy; Runner-up – House of Dance.
  • Best Costumed Group: Winner – Polish Folkloric Dance Ensemble “Oberek”; Runner-up – Hobart Malayali Association.
  • Best Children’s Group: Winner – Bagdad Primary School; Runner-up – Collinsvale Primary School.
  • Best School Group: Winner – Waimea Heights Primary School; Runner-up – Glenorchy Primary School.
  • Lord Mayor’s Award: Winner – Holy Tantra Esoteric Buddhism; Runner-up – UTAS Multi-Cultural Ambassadors.
  • Best New Entry: Winner – Circus Art Tasmania; Runner-up – Psychles.


Caption: Celebrating Christmas in the city. Photo credit: Alastair Bett

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