Trio of Christmas stars installation lit up

Events & Tourism

Christmas in a Kombi! Santa on tour to our suburbs

Published: 08 Dec 2021 12:58pm

Santa & Mrs Claus will swap their sleigh and reindeer for a vintage Kombi van so that they can jingle their way around the suburbs of Wagga Wagga on Wednesday 22 December as part of Council’s 2021 Christmas program.

Visitor Economy & Events Coordinator Fiona Hamilton said the Santa Trail will be a fun way for the community to come together in their local neighbourhoods just before Christmas.

Wagga Christmas

“While Santa is very busy at this time of year, he just loves the Wagga Wagga community and wanted to take the time to come out and meet everyone," Ms Hamilton said.

"He and Mrs Claus will have plenty of gifts and lollies to hand out to the kids.

“We are hoping families will come out in their favourite Christmas themed outfits to welcome Santa and Mrs Claus into their neighbourhood.”

Four women - three wearing santa hats - and Santa at star installation
ON THE SANTA TRAIL: (front) Visitor Economy & Events Coordinator Fiona Hamilton and Santa get ready to spread some Christmas cheer, with a little help from Wagga Wagga City Council’s “elves” (from back left) Cultural Officer Lauren Reynolds, and Events Officers Emma Corbett and Sally Manning.

Travelling in the Kombi, Santa and Mrs Claus will begin their journey at the Visitor Information Centre just after 4pm and head to Gobbagombalin Park, Chambers Parks in Tolland, Henwood Park in Kooringal and then onto the Botanic Gardens in Turvey Park.

Each location will have community activations for the public to participate in including performances from local dance groups, and music and food offerings.

Council is keen to hear from community groups that would like to participate at any of the Santa Trail locations.

In addition to the Santa Trail, Council has been busy rolling out its 2021 Christmas decorations along Baylis and Fitzmaurice streets as well as the annual Christmas flags, tree guards and bin covers.

“Come and get a selfie in front of the trio of Christmas stars installation that lights up at night – located at Civic Centre forecourt – or head across to the Victory Memorial Gardens and sit under the huge Cyprus pine tree covered in fairy lights,” Ms Hamilton said.

“We have also installed the traditional Christmas manger in Civic Arcade just outside the entrance to the library and new permanent fairy lights in Fitzmaurice Street to enhance the streetscape and create further vibrance in this precinct.

A Very Wagga Christmas 2021 video has also been produced showcasing our great city and fun things to do over the holidays for locals and visitors to the city to enjoy.”

For further information about the 2021 Christmas program and Santa Trail, visit

Santa Trail Stops

Visitor Information Centre (start)Depart: 4.10pm
Gobbagombalin Park, GobbagombalinArrive: 4.20pm
Depart: 4.40pm
Chambers Park, TollandArrive: 4.55pm
Depart: 5.15pm
Henwood Park, KooringalArrive: 5.25pm
Depart: 5.45pm
Botanic Gardens, Turvey Park (Last stop)Arrive: 5.55pm
Depart: 6.15pm