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Best Santa Claus Parades in Toronto and the GTA 2018

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The most wonderful time of year is about to arrive! Jolly Old Saint Nick and his reindeer are coming to a parade near you so bundle up for festive fun and get ready to create magical memories.

Bowmanville Santa Claus Parade

Saturday, November 17 at 10:30 am

Floats, costumed characters, marching bands, and dance troupes make this a vibrant parade for the whole family. It begins at Scugog Street and makes it way down King Street West to Simpson Avenue.


The 114th Annual Original Santa Claus Parade, Toronto

Sunday, November 18 at 12:30 pm

With more than 25 animated floats and over 200 celebrity clowns, this is the most anticipated Santa Claus parade of the year! But be sure to bundle up for the weather and bring a few toys or books for your kids to play with while you wait as it takes about 2.5 hours to watch the entire parade. Can’t make it out? You can watch the parade from the comfort of your living room on CTV later in the day at 4:30 p.m.


Santafest Parade in Maple

Sunday, November 25 at 2:00 pm

This began as a small parade in 2000 and has now grown to the Santafest it is today! The parade stretches from Wonderland to Vaughan City Hall, and has hundreds of participants on scores of floats, in front of thousands of spectators so go early to get a spot. In 2015 Santafest added a multicultural twist when it introduced Spirit of the Season with floats showcasing traditional sounds and sights.


Richmond Hill Santa Claus Parade

November 17 at 6:00 pm

Not an early riser? Then the Richmond Hill Santa Claus Parade is for you. This parade starts at 6:00 pm and runs until 7:30 (early enough to have fun and still get your little ones home to bed at a reasonable time). And prepare to dance! This year’s theme is Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree!


40th Weston Village Santa Claus Parade

Sunday, November 25 at 2:00 pm

It’s the 40th anniversary and it’s promising to be the most exciting parade yet. Ten marching bands, 40 decorated floats, and children’s characters from books and movies. And of course, Santa Claus! Weston Area Emergency Support Food Bank will pick up donations of non-perishable food items along the route.


A Main Street Christmas in Schomberg

Saturday, December 1 beginning at 4:00 pm

Get ready for fun! The Main Street Christmas parade isn’t one parade, it’s TWO. The first traditional parade begins at 4:00 p.m. beginning at the Schomberg Arena on Western Avenue, continues onto Main Street and heads south towards Church Street.

The Parade of Lights begins at 8:00 pm featuring local farmers who have spent days decorating tractors, harvesters, and yes, even muckers in festive lights. This is a unique parade that is sure to delight.


Etobicoke Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade

Saturday, December 1 at 10:00 am

Knights in shining armour, fuzzy polar bears and Elvis impersonators were some of the highlights in last year’s parade and this one is gearing up to be even more festive. Easy to get to, easy to park and lots of fun. Rumour has it there will be hot chocolate and candy canes given out by local shop owners.


Oakville Santa Claus Parade

Saturday, November 17 at 9:00 am

Calling all early risers! The Oakville Santa Claus parade is celebrating its 70th year! Held in the heart of downtown Oakville there’s plenty of room to come out and watch the floats, walking groups, and marching bands, and taking the Santa Shuttle makes it easy to get there. Your kids can even enter a colouring contest to become the Honourary Grand Marshall of the parade or ride on Santa’s float!


Santa’s Magical Parade of Lights Ajax

Saturday, November 24 at 6:00 pm

Santa lights up the night in Ajax! This evening parade features festive floats and marching bands, followed by a tree lighting ceremony and after party at the Town Hall and Main Library with live entertainment and kids’ activities.



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