Christmas in Rosehaven; I mean Geeveston


There was not a TV camera or celebrity in sight at the Geeveston Christmas Parade but I can’t help thinking the residents of television’s Rosehaven would have a rather similar Christmas event.

Our annual Christmas Pageant is put on by the local volunteer fire brigade and participated in by most of the community. Half the town seems to be in the parade and the other half watches it. We were lucky this year that after a windy afternoon the weather settled down and the threatening clouds did not produce more than a few spots of rain.

I helped to decorate the Op Shop float but did not take up the invitation to ride on it because I wanted to take photos. Here are some of my favourites from before the parade and during it.

Everyone piles on for a test run round the car park.
Young Braden volunteers to be Santa for the second year.
Santa on a truck

The volunteer fire brigade cadets.
Canton of Lightwood.
Sam the Fireman and friend.
The local childcare centre with another driver with doubtful vision.
I don’t think that Dora knew where she was going.
Reindeer float
Our float was near the end of the parade.
The Op Shop volunteers.
Kids on the Op Shop float.
Santa arrives by buggy.

Usually the parade ends at Heritage Park but there is construction work going on there at present as we are getting a new toilet block and playground. Also we have often been rained out so the firies wisely decided to end back at the fire station where there was a sausage sizzle, ice cream and Christmas Carols.

Sausages and Hamburgers at the fire station.
We were entertained with Christmas Carols.

I met quite a lot of people I knew during the course of the evening. It made me reflect that when David and I came to Geeveston fifteen years ago we did not know anyone at all. Now I feel very much part of the community and as this will most likely be the last Christmas I’ll spend in Geeveston I made sure that I took plenty of photos.

Author: Taswegian1957

Born in England in 1957 my family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. David passed away in 2015 and I'm here on my own now but I have Cindy the dog and Polly the cat to keep me company. I currently co-write two Wordpress blogswith my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and a "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania.

2 thoughts on “Christmas in Rosehaven; I mean Geeveston”

  1. Nice to see the Xmas Teds I donated on the float this Xmas. Hope they will continue to be used in future Xmas decorations and perhaps another float.

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