Whyalla's Christmas pageant goes digital

PAGEANT: Father Christmas makes his entrance at the 2019 Christmas pageant street parade. This year's event is going digital. Photo: Whyalla City Council

PAGEANT: Father Christmas makes his entrance at the 2019 Christmas pageant street parade. This year's event is going digital. Photo: Whyalla City Council

Father Christmas is on his way, with the big man in the red suit due to appear 'live' in your lounge this weekend.

The Whyalla Christmas Pageant is going digital this year, for the first time ever.

With the annual Christmas pageant street parade not possible due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the Whyalla City Council and pageant organisers Apex came together to work out how to bring Christmas cheer to the community.

The council said that after a challenging year it seemed more important than ever to celebrate the Christmas season and it was agreed that trialling a digital pageant was the way to go.

A call out was made to community groups, educational bodies, sporting groups, businesses and other organisations to get involved and help spread the virtual Christmas love throughout the community.

The council said the response had been phenomenal and that they had received a number of Christmas selfies for inclusion in the finished product - a virtual pageant which residents can watch anywhere and anytime.

Mayor Clare McLaughlin was pleased the Christmas pageant is going ahead in this alternative format, and praised organisers for coming up with a unique solution.

"The digital pageant will enable families to get together and enjoy the festive spirit from wherever they'd like to watch the event," she said.

"It's been awesome that so many people have risen to the challenge and recorded a Christmas message, and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished version."

The pageant video will be available on the council's Facebook page from 4pm on Saturday.

It will also be available via a link on the council's website, at whyalla.sa.gov.au.

"The pageant is a tradition that's enjoyed by many in our community, and I'm so pleased that we are able to offer our residents and families the opportunity to watch a unique digital Christmas pageant this year," mayor McLaughlin said.