Santa Claus Parades

Head north of Toronto for a fresh and colourful season of lights, festive shopping and Santa Claus Parades during November and December end of fall and the beginning of winter. Jolly Saint Nick will be making his annual visit to many of the rural Ontario towns, cities and villages north of Toronto. Enjoy exceptional old fashioned Christmas holiday hospitality.

The magic of Santa continues to amaze children of all ages and brings families together for outdoor early Christmas season fun. See November Santa Claus Parades or December Santa Claus Parades. coordinate your Santa Parade with a festivals of light events and festive season activities. For a unique Christmas gift idea click on our Christmas bazaar page.

Many of the festivals of lights and lighting ceremonies are tied into local Santa Claus parades, Christmas pageants & festivals of light events and activities. See a list of Christmas New Year Getaways or plan your winter family vacation getaway.


Algonquin Highlands

Bruce County

Grey County

Meaford Santa Claus Parade
2015 TBA
The Annual Meaford Santa Claus Parade delights young and old alike, thanks to the hard work of the Kinsmen Club.

Haliburton Highlands

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Haliburton Santa Claus Parade
Haliburton, ON
2015 TBA
The Haliburton Village Santa Claus Parade. Another night-time spectacle of lights and music. Sparkling lights, floats, marchers, horses and bands all bringing in the Festive Season. Main Street, The Village of Haliburton.

Minden Santa Claus Parade
2015 TBA
Sponsored by the Township of Minden Hills in partnership with its volunteers, local businesses and organizations. Come and meet santa after the parade, hot chocolate, free photographs with santa, treats…lots of fun for the kids and kids at heart! Hope to see you there! Parade route from the public parking lot, Newcastle Street to Bobcaygeon Road, north on Bobcaygeon to Parkside and right to the S.G. Nesbitt Memorial Arena.


Orangeville Santa Claus Parade
November 14
This year’s theme is: Kin Family Parade

Port Perry Candlelight Walk & Tree Lighting
November 20
One of the largest parades in Durham Region.

Port Perry Santa Claus Parade

December 5
One of the largest parades in Durham Region.

Kawartha Lakes

Lakefield Santa Claus Parade
November 15
Bring the kids to Queen Street for treats, floats, clowns and, of course, the man in red! 

Lindsay Santa Claus Parade
November 22

Fenelon Falls Santa Day
November 28 
Visit with Santa at his house starting at 10:00am if he’s there, or, you may find him at his workshop in the new Community Centre. Come see Santa for a free photo an a candy cane treat. Join us for a full day of family activities.

Peterborough Santa Claus Parade
2015 TBA

Bobcaygeon Santa Claus Parade
2015 TBA

Lake Simcoe

Light Up Night& Santa Claus Parade
Alliston, November 13
Light Up Night is the night that we all get together and light up the Christmas tree on Queen Street in Cookstown. After that there is caroling and all the shops are open late. Bring the kids to see Santa Clause as he will be there before his appearance in our Light Up Night parade. The parade will have an assortment of floats all lit up and will proceed down Queen Street. Come and get into the holiday spirit with our Light Up Night.

Annual Barrie Santa Claus Parade
November 21
Annual Santa Claus parade  Theme “Christmas Past, Present & Future”

Angus Santa Claus Parade
November 14
Ho! Ho! Ho! The annual Angus Santa Claus parade will be held on November 14th at 10 a.m. Floats will be travelling along Mill Street to the Essa Arena. Don’t forget to stop at the arena for hot dogs, cookies, drinks and your photo with Santa.

Bradford West Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade
November 21

Newmarket Santa Claus Parade
November 21

Keswick Santa Claus Parade
November 21 

Schomberg “A Main Street Christmas” Santa Claus Parades
2015 TBA
One Santa Claus Parade kicks off “A Main Street Christmas” and the other, the Farmers’ Parade of Lights, brings this wonderful event to a close

Mattawa Voyageur County

Midland in the Heart of Georgian Bay

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Midland Santa Claus Parade
November 28
Dowtown Midland


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Bala Santa Claus Parade
November 14
Parade winds through the streets of Bala. Visit Santa after the parade at Bala Community Centre – plus a free skate for all at the arena!

Port Carling Santa Claus Parade 
2015 TBA
Come watch the Santa Claus Parade then after come into the Community Centre to visit Santa, have hot dogs and hot chocolate, take part in cookie decorating, face painting tree decorating, and carol singing. 

Huntsville Santa Claus Parade
2015 TBA
The Huntsville Santa Claus Parade starts in downtown Huntsville at 7:00 pm and travels to Huntsville Place Mall.

Gravenhurst Santa Claus Parade
November 28
The visit with Santa will be held at the Gravenhurst Opera – Trillium Court starting at 12:30 pm followed b a free traditional Christmas movie upstairs in the theatre starting at 2:00 pm

Mactier Santa Claus Parade
2015 TBA
From the Fire Hall, along High St towards the Community Centre then along Muskoka Rd back to the Fire Hall. After the parade there will be free public skating, free hot dogs and hot chocolate & pictures with Santa at the Community Centre.

Bracebridge Santa Claus Parade
December 6
Theme: Be a Gift to the World

A Portage Flyer Christmas – Evening train ride to Santa  
December 19
Muskoka Heritage Place, Train Station

Northern Ontario

Timmins Santa Claus Parade
November 7
Gorgeous Parade of lights. 

Sudbury Santa Claus Parade
November 21
This year’s theme is It’s an Animal Christmas

Sault Ste. Marie Santa Claus Parade
November 21 
Twinkling lights, a nip in the air, and the anticipation of the upcoming holiday season set the stage for the Rotary Santa Claus Parade. Traditionally attracting more than 35 entries and more than 7,000 spectators, the parade is recognized by the community as Sault Ste. Marie’s official kick-off to the Christmas season.

North Bay Santa Claus Parade
November 22
This year’s theme is Candy Land

Parry Sound Santa Claus Parade
2015 TBA


Cobourg Santa Claus Parade
November 20
The Santa Claus parade is presented by the Lions Club of Cobourg.
Letters to Santa and non-perishable food donations will be collected along King Street from D’Arcy Street to William Street

Ontario’s Lake Country

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Orillia Candlelight Parade & Tree Lightins
November 20
Hundreds of children, led by the Town Crier, carry electric candles & carol through downtown to turn on the giant Opera House Christmas tree & light the way for Santa! Free treats & hot chocolate! 6:30 pm, Downtown Orillia.

Orillia Santa Claus Parade
November 22
Join us for one of the largest Christmas parades north of Toronto! Over 100 floats & bands, & of course, Santa himself, bring “Santa’s Workshop” to life.

Ottawa Valley

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Ottawa Help Santa Toy Parade
November 21
From Canadian War Museum along Wellington Street to Ottawa City Hall

Barry’s Bay Santa Claus Parade
2015 TBA

Perth Santa Claus Parade
2015 TBA

Bancroft Santa Claus Parade
December 5

Southern Georgian Bay

Collingwood Santa Claus Parade
2016 TBA
Christmas Launch All Day, Throughout Collingwood Downtown. Come to Collingwood’s Historic Downtown as it transforms into a wintery playground with dazzling holiday lighting installations, seasonal winter magical banners and a day filled with unique signature events – all to launch the holiday season. The day features a Holiday Farmers’ Market, Visits with Santa’s reindeer-in-training, Living Christmas Windows, the magical nighttime Santa Claus parade, and the official lighting of the town’s Christmas Tree.

Wasaga Beach Santa Claus Parade
2015 TBA