Santa Claus Parade
Type: City, Family Friendly, Local Picks, Outdoor Activities - Winter
This 100-year-old tradition (the "original" Santa Claus Parade) still has parents bundling up their kids and loading up mugs of hot chocolate. Most Torontonians have memories of waiting anxiously for... Read More
This 100-year-old tradition (the "original" Santa Claus Parade) still has parents bundling up their kids and loading up mugs of hot chocolate. Most Torontonians have memories of waiting anxiously for Santa Claus to come to town at this non-for-profit parade. In 1913, things were a little different: they even recruited live reindeer to pull the sleigh. The historical charm has been preserved, as some of the floats from nursery rhyme characters date back from the early 1900s while others are more modern, such as the Harry Potter animated float or the one dedicated to Hockey Night in Canada. Over 2,000 costumed volunteers help to spread the holiday joy, while marching bands play carols and classic tunes. It is a big deal to get chosen to participate in the parade. By the time Santa Comes around with his signature "ho ho ho" the crowd has no chance but to be enchanted.
- Holiday Attractions: "Apply to be a part of the parade if you want to stay warm on the 6km route and get the best seat in the house. In 2016, it is planned to be on November 20."
- Best for Holiday Attractions Because: Trends come and go, but Santa Claus never goes out of style.