Alpaca your bags and get to Pageant of Lights

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Pageant of Lights alpacas
Santa's elf (Kylie Lane) and Mrs Claus (Renee Dewhurst) met with the alpacas ahead of the Pageant of Lights parade.

This year’s Pageant of Lights parade will have a special new feature with local alpacas helping to lead Santa’s sleigh through the Bundaberg CBD.

The roughly one-year-old helpers are from Littabella Alpacas and Ivory Park Suri Alpacas and have been busy with dress rehearsals in the lead up to the event on Thursday 5 December.

Littabella Alpacas owner Nicole Read said the popular and docile creatures were no strangers to events but she was excited to have them as part of Pageant of Lights.

“We thought it would be a wonderful event to showcase alpacas working with Santa,” Nicole said.

Pageant of Lights alpacas have quirky features

Apart from looking adorable, she said alpacas had plenty of quirky and endearing features.

“Alpacas spit when feeling annoyed or at each other over food.

“They ‘cush’ when seated meaning they fold their legs under their body.

“Alpacas love to sunbathe.

“They have the most beautiful large eyes making them extra adorable!”

Pageant of Lights alpacas
Santa's elf (Kylie Lane) and Mrs Claus (Renee Dewhurst) with alpacas Dancer and Prancer.

Pageant of Lights will be underway in Buss Park from 5.30 pm on Thursday 5 December.

There will be food and market stalls lining Bourbong Street with entertainment in Buss Park and the CBD Pavilion underway from 6 pm.

Mayor Jack Dempsey will welcome the audience and officially turn on the lights at 7 pm which will mark the start of the parade.

With 74 parade entrants Bourbong Street will be awash with the colours, sounds and spirit of Christmas.

Pageant of Lights entertainment program:

Pageant of Light CBD Area/Pavilion entertainment:

5 pm – Christmas Music
5.30 pm – 5.45 pm – Bundaberg Municipal Band
6 pm – 6.15 pm – Bundaberg Dance Academy
6.30 pm – 6.45 pm – Vocal Affinity
7.45 pm – 8.10 pm – Rhythms of the Reef
8.15 pm – Christmas message and parade winners announced
8.25 pm – 8.50 pm – Christmas Music

Buss Park:

5 pm – Christmas Music
5.30 pm – 5.45 pm – LA Dance Academy
6 pm – 6.15 pm – Kalkie State School Band
6.20 pm – 6.35 pm – Combined Schools Choir
6.45 pm – 6.55 pm – Pre-Show Taster of “Be Amazed”
7 pm – Welcome and Turning On Of The Lights
7.50 pm – 8.35 pm – Miss Donna & Mr Jay's Crazy Christmas Show – “Be Amazed”

With the parade underway from about 7.15 pm keep your eye out for the Pageant of Light alpacas who will be leading Santa's sleigh at the end of the parade.

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