Are you planning a trip to beautiful Tasmania this summer?
If the answer is yes, there is surely no better time to visit the island state than late November when the weather is fine, the cultural scene is thriving and the Launceston Christmas Parade is lighting up the streets with its festive cheer.
Every year the delightful city celebrates Christmas with a day of floats, marching bands, street performers and most importantly an atmosphere of goodwill.
In 2011, the event takes place on November 26 throughout the picturesque CBD and culminates with the highly-anticipated arrival of Santa Claus.
Immaculately robed in his red suit and entering the parade aboard his sleigh, Santa is accompanied by little helpers in a scene that will excite the kids and give a laugh to the adults.
There is no entry fee and everyone is welcome, so it is a wonderful opportunity for travellers spending time away from home this Christmas to feel a part of the fun.
Launceston itself, in the north of the state, is one of Australia’s oldest cities and home to some magnificent historic architecture and quaint streets well worth exploring.