Queens Park is set to be inundated with Santa and Mrs Claus lookalikes when the Great New Zealand Santa Run takes place next month.

Invercargill is one of 18 locations around New Zealand to participate in the Great New Zealand Santa Run, with the Southern run taking place on December 5th in Queens Park.

Venture Southland Major Events Coordinator Claire Blau, who is coordinating the Invercargill run, is encouraging everyone to don a Santa suit and get involved in the festive fundraiser.

“It’s a great opportunity for adults and children alike to enjoy Queens Park on a summer evening whilst also supporting a great cause,” Blau said.

Proceeds from the nation-wide event will go to new charity partner, The Graeme Dingle Foundation who is recognised as a leader in positive youth development.

Each entrant will receive a Santa suit as part of their entry fee with kids under the age of 13 getting a Santa hat.

Blau said that although Santa suits are provided to those who register, reindeers, elves and even the Christmas Grinch are all welcome to participate.

There will be prizes up for grabs for those who choose to walk or run the 2.5km circuit, and dogs and pets are also welcome to dress up and take part.

Registration for the Great New Zealand Santa Run can be completed online or on the day, however, registrations received online beforehand will be at a cheaper rate.

Blau encouraged people to get a group together to take part.

“Let’s get active and have some fun as we kick off the silly season in Southland,” she said.

Pre-registration can be completed online at http://lacticturkey.netinsites.co.nz/greatnzsantarun/enter/