On Sunday 26th November mother of three, Pippa Henderson, braved the Farmers Santa Parade in Auckland city centre, alone. Well, she wasn’t actually alone – the parade attracts over 250,000 people and 4,000 participants – but her introverted husband politely (yet firmly) refused to join her and their four-year-old amongst ‘the throngs of humanity’, while they watched and waited for his sister, a performer, to go by. It is easy to feel overwhelmed. Santa Parades involve intense stimulation of every sense. There’s a lot of fun to be had, and special memories to be made, but the experience is not for the faint hearted. Here are Pippa’s tips to ensure you survive.