Photo courtesy of Santa Claus Parade
Santa Claus Parade
Type: City, Family Friendly, Local Picks, Outdoor Activities - Winter
This 115-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 115-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. Santa made his first appearance in 1905! 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. In 2019, the parade is celebrating their General Manager and Creative Director, Alf Iannarelli, who has been a part of 50 parades himself. Over 2,000 costumed volunteers help to spread the holiday joy, while over 20 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.
- Things to Do in December: "Important note for 2019: the parade has changed its route! It is now starting in the east end making its way into the centre. See the website for the parade map."
- Best for Things to Do in December Because: Trends come and go, but Santa Claus never goes out of style.