Here comes Santa Claus, right down, well, a main street near you! With more than a dozen Santa Claus parades happening in the GTA this year, Jolly Old Saint Nick and his reindeer will be pretty busy from mid-November through Christmas Day.

Here are all the Santa Claus parades this year in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area regions of Durham, Halton, Peel, and York. All parades happen rain or shine (or snow), so dress accordingly and bring a warm beverage.

TORONTO SANTA CLAUS PARADES

The Original Santa Claus Parade

November 19
12:30 pm

Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade was first held in 1913, making it more than 100 years old! It’s still North America’s largest children’s parade, and while you won’t see Santa pulled by live reindeer like he was back in 1913, you will see floats, marching bands, and Santa in his (motorized) sleigh during the 2.5-hour extravaganza. This parade is beyond popular—arriving several hours early is not unusual. Can’t make it? Watch the Santa Claus Parade on CTV the same day at 4:30 pm. Parade route from Christie Pits Park east along Bloor Street west, then south along Yonge Street to St. Lawrence Market.

Lake Shore Santa Claus Parade

December 2
10 am

The 27th annual Santa Parade in Lakeshore Village, Etobicoke, is a community-run parade with 15 floats (including a self-propelled train) and hundreds of coordinating costumed participants each year. It is one of the province’s largest Christmas parades, with more than 50,000 spectators in recent years. After the parade, stick around for Skate with Santa at 12:30, where you can meet and take pictures with Santa and skate with his elves on the Colonel Samuel Smith Skating Trail. Route is along Lakeshore Boulevard West, from Dwight Avenue west to the Castrol Oil parking lot near Long Branch Avenue.

Weston Village Santa Claus Parade

November 26
2 pm

More than 20,000 people attend this annual Santa parade in Weston Village, now in its 38th year. More than 50 groups participate in the parade: past years have seen community floats, clowns, costumed dogs, dancing elves, and more. Bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Weston Area Emergency Support Food Bank. Begins at 2 pm. Route is along Weston Road, from Church Street south to Sidney Belsey Crescent.

Beaches Santa Claus Parade

November 26
1 pm

The 11th annual community parade in the Upper Beach neighbourhood is officially Hamper’s Santa Claus Parade, named for Community Centre 55’s mascot, Hamper the reindeer. Expect marching bands, floats, and costumed characters. Letters to Santa will be collected for delivery. After the parade there will be a barbecue, kids’ crafts, and photos with Santa at Community Centre 55. Route is along Kingston Road, from Victoria Park Avenue to Main Street. 

DURHAM REGION SANTA CLAUS PARADES

Beaverton Lions Santa Claus Parade

November 17
7 pm

This annual nighttime Santa parade in Brock Township showcases illuminated floats and costumed groups. This year’s theme is Canada 150 Christmas with Cartoon Characters. After the parade, visit with Santa and enjoy hot chocolate at the fire hall at 360 Bay Street. Route is from the Beaverton Curling Club (164 Main Street) along Main Street to Simcoe to Osborne and around to Bay Street.

Bowmanville Santa Claus Parade

November 18
10:30 am

The annual parade in downtown Bowmanville showcases floats, school groups, dance troupes, and costumed characters, including elves and, of course, Santa. Route is along King Street West from Scugog Street to Simpson Avenue near the Bowmanville Mall.

Uxbridge Santa Claus Parade

November 18
11 am

Now in its 57th year, this parade in downtown Uxbridge includes costumed kids’ characters, floats, colour guards, horses, marching bands, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Route is along Brock Street West from Centre Road to Uxbridge Secondary School.

Santa’s Parade of Lights Oshawa

November 18
6 pm

This nighttime parade features bands, floats, and Santa Claus and his sleigh, led by Rudolph. Route is along King Street West from Stevenson Road then north on Simcoe Street and doubling back along Bond Street West to Stevenson Road.

Newcastle Santa Claus Parade

November 19
5:30 pm

An evening parade that kicks off with a fireworks display and continues with 70 entries in the parade, including marching bands, illuminated floats, and clowns. This year’s theme is Winter Wonderland. Parade route along King Avenue, from North Street east to Arthur Street/Brookhouse Drive.

Pickering Santa Claus Parade

November 25
10 am

For nearly 50 years, floats, performance groups, and costumed participants have been parading down Glenanna Road for the annual Santa Claus Parade hosted by the Kinsmen & Kinette Club of Pickering. This year’s theme is 150 Years of Canadian Christmas. Route is along Glenanna Road, from Dixie Road to Pickering Parkway.

Annual Santa Claus Parade of Lights

November 25
6 pm

Ajax’s annual nighttime Santa Claus parade is followed at 7:30 pm by a tree lighting ceremony at Ajax’s Town Hall and an after-party at Ajax Main Library, with live entertainment, hot chocolate, and kids’ activities. Parade route from Bayly Street and Mackenzie Avenue, east along Bayly and then north on Harwood Avenue South to Ajax Town Hall.

Whitby Santa Claus Parade

December 2
10 am

Rise and shine to see Santa Claus in Whitby, along with marching bands, dance groups, clowns, live music, and floats. More than 20,00 participants annually. Route is along Brock Street, from Manning Road south to Trent Street.

Port Perry Santa Claus Parade

December 2
5 pm

This year’s theme for the parade is Canada 1867 — Canada 150 Years Ago. The evening parade, hosted by the Scugog Chamber of Commerce and the Port Perry Lions Club, features illuminated floats, school groups, and costumed characters. Parade route is from Port Perry Fairgrounds (15835 Old Simcoe Rd.) and east on Reach Street, then south on Simcoe Street and east on North Street to Palmer Park.

Courtice Santa Claus Parade

December 3
12 pm

The fifth annual Santa Parade in Courtice, in Clarington is a volunteer-run 1.2-km parade with floats, marching bands, and Santa. Bring non-perishable food for donation. Route is along Nash Road from Townline Road to George Reynolds Drive.

HALTON REGION SANTA CLAUS PARADES

Oakville Santa Claus Parade

November 18
11 am

This annual parade features more than 50 entrants, including floats, marching bands, and kid-friendly Christmas characters, including Santa! Bring toys to contribute to the annual toy drive. Route is west on Lakeshore Road from Reynolds Street, then north on Kerr Street and west on Stewart Street.

Milton Santa Claus Parade

November 19
1:30 pm

This Christmas parade has been a Milton tradition since 1933—and as early as 1925, Santa rode along Main Street on the radiator of a car. This year, look for floats highlighting Canadian Christmas traditions present and past, to complement the parade theme “150 Years of Christmas”.  Route along Main Street, from Scott Boulevard east to the Milton GO Station.

Burlington Santa Claus Parade

December 3
2 pm

Santa Claus is coming to Burlington, riding into town on his sleigh, along with floats, mascots, and bands. Bring non-perishable food items for donation and your letters to Santa for delivery. Route is along Guelph Line from Prospect Street near Burlington Mall then west on New Street, north on Brant Street to Caroline Street.

PEEL REGION SANTA CLAUS PARADES

Brampton Board of Trade Santa Claus Parade

November 18
5 pm

This evening parade draws more than 150,000 spectators each year, making it the largest single-day event in the Peel Region. Bring your letters to Santa for Brampton Guardian letter carriers to pick up before Santa makes his appearance. Route from Sproule Drive and Ken Whillans Drive continuing on Main Street past City Hall and Gage Park to Elgin Drive.

Bolton Santa Claus Parade

December 2
11 am

Come to downtown Bolton to see more than 50 floats, bands, and groups in Bolton’s annual Christmas parade, organized by the Bolton Kinsmen. The main attraction is Santa’s float, elaborately decorated with a miniature village, reindeer, and sleigh. Route along Highway 50, from Queensgate Boulevarde north to Centennial Drive.

Mississauga Santa Claus Parade

December 3
12:30 pm

This all-new Santa Claus parade in Mississauga will be over 1 km and will welcome 40 floats, marching bands, costumed characters, jugglers, and themed groups. Kids should bring their letters to Santa for on-site Mississauga News carriers to deliver to Santa. Note that the traditional Streetsville Santa Parade is cancelled this year, so this is Mississauga’s only Santa parade. Route is along Motorway Boulevard from Glen Erin Drive south to Woodchester Drive.

YORK REGION SANTA CLAUS PARADES

East Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade

November 12
2 pm

One of the season’s first Santa parades in the GTA is taking place in East Gwillimbury, with floats, music, and free family skate and visit with Santa after the parade. Bring your letters to Santa and non-perishable food items to donate. Route is along Mount Albert Road from the civic centre to the East Gwillimbury Sports Complex (1914B Mt. Albert Rd.).

SantaFest in Maple

November 12
2 pm (block party at 1 pm)

Vaughan gets an jump start on Christmas with its annual SantaFest and Santa Claus Parade in the second weekend of November. Entertainment starts an hour before the parade begins. Live music, kids’ crafts, and a parade with colourful floats, marching bands, and colour guards. Home Depot will have a kids’ workshop at the corner of Melville Avenue. Route is along Major Mackenzie Drive from Canada’s Wonderland to Vaughan City Hall (Keele Street).

Newmarket Santa Claus Parade

November 18
11 am

More than 50 floats, dance groups, costumed walking groups, and bands are all part of the annual Christmas parade in Newmarket, which expects over 10,000 spectators. Bring your letter to Santa for delivery to the North Pole and non-perishable food for donation to the Newmarket Food Pantry. Route is from Eagle Street at Lorne Avenue, east to Main Street and north to Ontario Street.

Keswick Santa Claus Parade

November 18
1:30 pm

The Town of Georgina’s annual Christmas parade features floats, marching bands, sports associations, school groups, the Elf Van and Santa! Route is along the Queensway from Biscayne Avenue to Metro Road, then north on Simcoe Street to Church Street and east to the Queensway.

Richmond Hill Santa Claus Parade

November 18
6 pm

This nighttime Santa parade has been an annual tradition in Richmond Hill since 1974. This year’s theme is True North Strong and Free. At the parade, expect themed floats, school bands, and Santa on his sleigh. Begins at 6 pm. Route is from Elgin Mills Road and William F. Bell Parkway south along Leslie Street to Performance Drive.

Markham Santa Claus Parade

November 25
11 am

Main Street Markham welcomes floats, marching bands, musical entertainment, and Santa Claus for its annual holiday parade, now in its 45th year. Begins at 11 am. Parade route from Highway 7 and Markham Road along Main Street Markham to the Markham Museum.

Santa Under the Stars Parade

November 25
6 pm

In Aurora, the annual nighttime Christmas parade is one of Ontario’s largest. The festive procession of decorated and illuminated floats, marching bands, and special guests attracts more than 40,000 spectators annually. Bring non-perishable food for donation. Route is along Yonge Street, from Orchard Heights Boulevard to Murray Drive.

Stouffville Santa Claus Parade

December 2
2 pm (street party at 12 pm)

Arrive by noon to Main Street Stouffville for the pre-parade street party, with live bands, popcorn, hot chocolate, and free Rudolph noses. Planned for the parade this year are floats, kids’ mascots, superheroes, and princesses, balloon twisters, face painters, stilt-walkers, and break dancers—and a brand-new sleigh for Santa. The Kinsmen Club of Stouffville has hosted this annual parade for more than 20 years. Route eastbound along Main Street, from just west of Ninth Line to Park Drive South.

A Main Street Christmas

December 2
Parades at 4 pm and 8 pm; festivities 3 pm–9 pm

The village of Schomberg in King Township hosts a Christmas festival like no other in the GTA, with not one, but two parades! Afternoon and evening festivities include a craft show and food vendors serving seasonal goodies and, at 4 pm, the Santa Claus Parade, with creative floats, costumed groups, and music. The Spectacular Farmers’ Parade of Lights begins at 8 pm, with farm machinery decorated with Christmas lights and Santa aboard a giant combine harvester. Route from the Schomberg Comm & Agri Arena (251 Western Ave.) to Main Street and south to Church Street.

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