The tradition continues. On a glorious summer day on December 1st, the grounds of Regis Retirement Village in Norwood, Tasmania came alive with a bustling parade. Our local Norwood/Newstead Playgroup organised a Christmas Parade with the children riding through The Norwood Retirement Village and Norwood Aged Care Home grounds in their decorated bike or scooter. It was a wonderful way to start December and spread the joy of Christmas to our residents.

Village residents made early preparation by decorating their front entrance with Christmas decorations. Our residents waited eagerly for the parade and they handed out goodies for the children as they rode around. The children happily sang Jingle Bells and Merry Christmas to the residents as they strode through the grounds.

A bagpiper in traditional Scottish kilt made a grand entrance, mesmerising the crowd with his masterful display of tunes. The parade was attended by three Tasmanian Legislative Council Members. Santa Claus also joined in the fun, happily greeting our residents.

“The children bring Christmas spirit into the lives of our residents. It is heart-warming to see the waves, smiles and singing of Christmas carols. We are very lucky having a special connection with the Playgroup,” said Amanda Smith, Village Manager of Regis Retirement Living Norwood.

It was a wonderful event that both the residents and children cherish, and they looked forward to the next parade.