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. Coordinate your Santa Parade with a festivals of light event 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.

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Midland Santa Claus Parade
November 26, 2016
The Midland Civitan Club presents the 39th Annual Midland Santa Claus Parade. The theme of this years parade is ‘Memories of a Childhood Christmas’.

The Mattawa Fire Department Santa Claus Parade
November 26, 2016
This year we will be having free skating for everyone from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, also free hot dogs & hot chocolate will be handed out along with Santa handing out candy for the kids. There will be prizes awarded for the best-dressed floats. 

Minden Santa Claus Parade
November 26, 2016
Come and meet Santa after the parade, hot chocolate, free photographs with santa, treats…lots of fun for the kids and kids at heart! 

Muskoka Santa Clause Parades
Muskoka is known far and wide as Santa’s summer home, as thousands flock every year to Bracebridge and the 45th parallel to visit Santa’s Village Family Amusement Park. During November and December, Santa comes back to Muskoka for one last visit before he heads back to the North Pole to prepare for Christmas night. The charming town parades across Muskoka are a popular family activity for locals and visitors to the area.

Santa Claus Parades in Ontario’s Lake Country
Come see Santa in one of Ontario’s most picturesque regions.  With radiant lakes and rivers and an array of activities for all to enjoy year round, located just one hour north of Toronto, on the shores of Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching.

Santa Parades in the Ottawa Valley
Visit Santa in Ontario’s adventure playground. With more than 2.4 million hectares (6 million acres) of pristine waterways, rolling woodlands and forests, our river and trail networks challenge and test the might and mettle of every explorer to our region.

Grey County

Festival of Northern Lights | Opening Ceremony
Owen Sound
November 19, 2016
Lights on at 7pm. Stories, crafts, face painting, balloon animals, music, fireworks….and more 

Meaford Santa Claus Parade
December 3, 2016 – 7pm
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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Minden Santa Claus Parade
November 26, 2016
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.

Headwaters

Orangeville Santa Claus Parade
November 19, 2016
This year’s theme is: I Still Believe

Port Perry Santa Claus Parade
TBA
One of the largest parades in Durham Region.

Kawartha Lakes

Lakefield Santa Claus Parade
November 20, 2016
Bring the kids to Queen Street for treats, floats, clowns and, of course, the man in red! 

Lindsay Santa Claus Parade
November 20, 2016

Fenelon Falls Santa Day
November 26, 2016
Visit with Santa at his house starting at 10 am 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
December 3, 2016
The longest running, biggest, small Santa Claus Parade in Central Ontario. Kick off the holiday season Saturday evening and join the Kinsmen Club of Peterborough and welcome Santa to Peterborough.

Bobcaygeon Santa Claus Parade
December 10, 2016
The theme this year is Disney theme.

Lake Simcoe

Light Up Night & Santa Claus Parade
November 11, 2016
Cookstown
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 Claus 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 19, 2016
The theme will be Christmas Around the World. We expect that our floats will pull in some creative ideas from different countries and cultures around the world, making this our most exciting and memorable parade yet!

Angus Santa Claus Parade
November 19, 2016
Ho! Ho! Ho! The annual Angus Santa Claus parade will be held on November 19th 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 19, 2016

Newmarket Santa Claus Parade
November 19, 2016

Keswick Santa Claus Parade
November 19, 2016

Sutton Santa Claus Parade
December 3, 2016

Schomberg “A Main Street Christmas” Santa Claus Parades
December 3, 2016
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

The Mattawa Fire Department Santa Claus Parade
November 26, 2016
This year we will be having free skating for everyone from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, also free hotdogs & hot chocolate will be handed out along with Santa handing out candy for the kids. There will be prizes awarded for the best-dressed floats. The top three floats will be awarded cash prizes.

Midland & Area

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Midland Santa Claus Parade
November 26, 2016
The Midland Civitan Club presents the 39th Annual Midland Santa Claus Parade. The parade will be happening at 11am and will commence from Little Lake Park down to the bottom of King Street. The theme of this years parade is ‘Memories of a Childhood Christmas’.

Waubaushene Santa Claus Parade
November 27, 2016
Food & Toys will be collected along parade route & Fire Hall; Following the Parade everyone is invited to the Fire Hall for a Community Gathering including refreshments, fun and a chance to visit Santa

Christmas at Wye Marsh
Midland
December 4, 2016
Join us as we celebrate the gifts of nature.  

Muskoka

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Bala Santa Claus Parade
November 12, 2016
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
November 19, 2016
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
November 25, 2016
The Huntsville Santa Claus Parade starts in downtown Huntsville at 7:00 pm and travels to Huntsville Place Mall.

Gravenhurst Santa Claus Parade
November 26, 2016
63rd Annual Santa Claus Parade. Parade will begin at the Gravenhurst Legion once again at 11:00am and will proceed through the Main Street core.

Honey Harbour
December 4, 2016

Bracebridge Santa Claus Parade
December 4, 2016
Come join in the fun at the Rotary Bracebridge Santa Claus Parade, visit with Santa and have hot chocolate immediately following the parade in Memorial Park.

Mactier
December 4, 2016

Baysville Santa Claus Parade
December 11, 2016
The only parade that goes around twice. Starting at 1pm.

SantaFest
Bracebridge
December 17-20, 2016
Come and Thank Santa “in-person” for a wonderful Christmas and have some family fun outside!

A Portage Flyer Christmas – Evening train ride to Santa  
December 17, 2016
Muskoka Heritage Place, Huntsville

Northern Ontario

Timmins Santa Claus Parade
November 12, 2016
Gorgeous Parade of lights. 

Sudbury Santa Claus Parade
November 19, 2016
This year’s theme is “Fairytale Christmas / Noël féerique”

Sault Ste. Marie Santa Claus Parade
November 19, 2016

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 20, 2016
Santa Claus is coming to town.  Join us for the 2016 North Bay and Area Santa Claus Parade “Comic Book Christmas”.

Parry Sound Santa Claus Parade
November 26, 2016
Optimist Club of Parry Sound Annual Santa Claus Parade One of a Kind Christmas Show arts & crafts sale 10am-4pm Stockey Centr 

Northumberland County

Cobourg Santa Claus Parade
November 20, 2016
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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Children’s Candlelight Parade & Tree Lighting
November 18, 2016
Orillia
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 20, 2016
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.

Washago Santa Claus Parade
November 26, 2016
Santa is coming to Washago! You are invited to our evening parade – lights, music, and, of course, Santa! Afterwards warm up at the Washago Community Centre with hot chocolate, make a craft, and meet Santa! This is a free family event!

Coldwater Candlelight Parade
December 3, 2016
Children carry candles and light the way for Santa Claus. 4:00pm – 5:00pm Free Skate at the Arena.  5:30pm Santa Claus and Candlelight Parade.  6:00 pm Meet Santa at the Mill, Treasure Hunt, Cookie decorating.

Ottawa Valley

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Help Santa Toy Parade
November 19, 2016
Ottawa
Every year since 1969, the Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters’ Association has been organizing the Help Santa Toy Parade and collecting toys along the parade route for distribution to the less fortunate children in Ottawa-Carleton.The parade has evolved into a significant event drawing tens-of-thousands of people who line the Parade route and share their generosity. Participants are entertained to the sights and sounds of floats, bands and clowns produced locally and from around the Province.

Pembroke Santa Claus Parade
November 26, 2016

Theme: A Charlie Brown Christmas.  Non-perishable food items & toys will be collected at parade.

Barry’s Bay Santa Claus Parade
December 3, 2016.
Visit Santa at the PJY community centre after the parade.

Perth Santa Claus Parade
December 3, 2016

Southern Georgian Bay

Collingwood Santa Claus Parade
November 19, 2016
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 & Funderland 
November 26, 2016
Theme: Light Up The Night   Funderland indoor winter wonderland event 9am-2pm at the RecPlex.  Tree Lighting Ceremony 7-9pm featuring Christmas music & carolling; skate at the Oakview Woods outdoor rink FREE till midnight