UPDATE: The festive spirit will launch into full swing tonight when thousands of families fill the streets of Perth for the annual Channel 7 and The West Australian Christmas Pageant.
Spectators will be treated to more than 20 floats and 2000 entertainers, including dance groups, bands, cultural groups, clowns and circus acts.
Pageant producer Sharon Duplex said about 150,000 people were expected to attend the 42nd pageant.
"Keep an eye out for the new Aussie farm float and also the WA Ballet making their first appearance at the pageant as part of the Peter Pan float," she said.
“Many people have been working on this behind the scenes for probably the past four months.”
Tens of thousands of people are expected to use public transport to get to the pageant.
Transperth spokesman David Hynes said additional services would be running, but passengers should allow extra travel time.
“Our team works months in advance to ensure the network is prepared for this event,” he said.
The State Government has contributed $565,000 through Lotterywest to help with the event's staging and project costs.
Parliamentary secretary to the Premier Donna Faragher said the pageant had become a firm fixture on the calendar for WA families.
“Thanks to Lotterywest support, this year the people of Perth will enjoy additional pre-pageant entertainment along St Georges Terrace with a children’s carnival of roving entertainers, magicians and clowns, as well as improved amenities,” she said.
“The pageant has developed over the years to be an event inclusive of many cultures, which brings together the whole WA community to celebrate Christmas.”
Santa’s helpers will drive around during the pre-pageant entertainment to collect presents for the annual Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal.
The Salvation Army will distribute the gifts to some of WA’s most disadvantaged children, ensuring they have something to open on Christmas morning.
To donate, cut out the gift tag in The Weekend West today on page 92 and attach it to a present.
Morley-raised singer Samantha Jade returned to Perth yesterday and will perform at the pageant from atop a new fairytale float.
Jade said she still remembered sitting on her dad’s shoulders and watching the annual event as a little girl.
"I am going to be a princess in the pageant, which is every girl’s dream, and I am going to be singing a Christmas carol as well," she said.
“I am just so excited because I always love to get back home, especially at Christmas time.”
The pageant starts at 7.30pm at the corner of St Georges Terrace and Mill Street.
The procession will head east along St Georges Terrace and will stop at the Victoria Avenue intersection.
Roads in the area will be closed between 5.30pm and 10pm.