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 24, 2018
The Midland Civitan Club presents the 39th Annual Midland Santa Claus Parade. The theme of this years parade is ‘Memories of a Childhood Christmas’.

Minden Santa Claus Parade
November 24 2018
Meet Santa and his friends as they travel through the downtown area in Minden.  After the parade, you can meet Santa Claus and have your picture taken with him.  This event takes place on the last Sunday in November.

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.

Bruce County

Wiarton Santa Claus Parade
December 1, 2018
This year’s theme will be Kris Kringle & The Parade Of Lights; parade participants are encouraged to incorporate this theme into their entry’s design. We also ask, as this is an evening parade, that as many lights as possible be used in your display. Music is also welcome.

Grey County

Santa Claus Parade
Owen Sound
November 17, 2018
The 72nd Kiwanis Owen Sound Santa Claus Parade celebrates this year’s theme of “MUSIC”.  Join us in celebrating the theme in music, costume, characters, dance and displays!

Holstein Non-Motorized Santa Claus Parade
December 8, 2018
Come back in time once again with us to the non-motorized Holstein Santa Claus Parade.

Haliburton Highlands

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The Haliburton Village Santa Claus Parade
November 23, 2018
The annual ‘spectacular’ nighttime parade of bands, marchers, horses, music, lights and, of course, Santa.

Minden Hills Santa Claus Parade
November 24, 2018
A great way to gather up some of the Christmas spirit during this annual event where kids can meet Santa and get a free hot chocolate while they wait!

Headwaters

Orangeville Santa Claus Parade
November 17, 2018
This year’s theme is: Seasona Musical Magic.

Kawartha Lakes

Lakefield Santa Claus Parade
November 18, 2018
Bring the kids to Queen Street for treats, floats, clowns and, of course, the man in red! 

Lindsay Santa Claus Parade
November 18, 2018

Fenelon Falls Santa Day
November 24, 2018
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.

Apsley Santa Claus Parade & Celebrations
November 24, 2018
Parade along Burleigh Street. Festivities continue at the North Kawartha Community Centre after the parade.

Peterborough Santa Claus Parade
December 1, 2018
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
TBA 2018
The theme this year is Disney theme.

Lake Simcoe

Light Up Night & Santa Claus Parade
November 24, 2018
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.

Barrie Santa Claus Parade
November 17, 2018
The 2018 parade is scheduled for 5pm on Saturday, November 17, 2018. This years theme is “Christmas Past, Present and Future”. Registration for floats will be available closer to the event date.

Angus Santa Claus Parade
November 17, 2018
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 17, 2018
The parade attracts thousands of spectators each year to enjoy the show under the stars. The parade features numerous diverse floats from the community beginning at Bradford High School and travelling east on Holland Street, finishing at the Bradford & District Memorial Community Centre.

Newmarket Santa Claus Parade
November 17, 2018
Welcome Santa Claus to Newmarket at our annual Santa Claus parade beginning at 11 a.m. Bundle up and bring your family and friends to see the festive holiday floats followed by our special guest – jolly Old St. Nick. Don’t forget your letters to Santa

Keswick Santa Claus Parade
November 17, 2018

Sutton Santa Claus Parade
December 1,  2018

Schomberg “A Main Street Christmas” Santa Claus Parades
December 1, 2018
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

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Bonfield Santa Claus Parade
December 1, 2018
This year marks our 3rd annual Christmas in Bonfield. This event starts with our Christmas Parade which leaves the Township Office at 3:00 pm and makes it’s way to the Parish Hall via Railway and Church St. It might not be a big parade but it sure is loud with that wonderful Christmas music. Everyone is welcome to enter a float, car, ATV or even a horse

The Mattawa Fire Department Santa Claus Parade
TBA 2018
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 24, 2018
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 25, 2018
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

Festival of Lights & Santa Claus Parade
Pentanguishene
December 1, 2018
A dazzling display of lights awaits you during the Town of Penetanguishene’s Festival of Lights Celebration for the official lighting of the Town’s Christmas tree. Twinkling lights and candles light your way to great fun and family actives that will spark the spirit of the season for all to enjoy.

Muskoka

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Bala Santa Claus Parade
November 17, 2018
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 17, 2018
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 30 2018
The Huntsville Santa Claus Parade starts in downtown Huntsville at 7:00 pm and travels to Huntsville Place Mall.

Gravenhurst Santa Claus Parade
November 24, 2018
The Parade will begin at 11:00am at the Gravenhurst Legion and then continue through the main street on Gravenhurst.

Bracebridge Santa Claus Parade
December 2, 2018
Come join in the fun at the 71st Rotary Bracebridge Santa Claus Parade, visit with Santa and have hot chocolate immediately following the parade in Memorial Park.

Mactier Santa Claus Parade
December 2, 2018
The Lions Club of Mactier presents the annual Mactier Santa Claus Parade on Sunday, December 02nd starting at 1p.m. at the Lions Hall and travels up High Street onto King Street and ends back at the Hall. Join the Lions for hot dogs, hot chocolate, free skating and a visit with Santa at the Community Centre following the parade.

Baysville Santa Claus Parade
December 9, 2018
The only parade that goes around twice. Starting at 1pm.

SantaFest
Santa’s Village, Bracebridge
December 8 & 23, 2018
Santa’s back in town for a few days this December! Come join us for a fun filled Winter Edition of SantaFest – with some of Santa’s favourite winter activities like gingerbread cookie decorating, petting zoo, scavenger hunt, ornament making, marshmallow roasting, Christmas crafts and who could forget – a visit with Santa!!

A Portage Flyer Christmas – Evening train ride to Santa  
December 22, 2018
Muskoka Heritage Place, Huntsville

Northern Ontario

Timmins Santa Claus Parade
November 17, 2018
Gorgeous Parade of lights. 

Sudbury Santa Claus Parade
November 17, 2018
60 Years of Christmas Magic.

Sault Ste. Marie Santa Claus Parade
November 17, 2018
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.

Thunder Bay Santa Claus Parade
November 17, 2018
The Rotary Christmas Parade has become a major seasonal event in Thunder Bay. Viewed by 20,000 spectators every year.

North Bay Santa Claus Parade
November 18, 2018
Santa Claus is coming to town. Futuristic Christmas Theme.

Parry Sound Santa Claus Parade
November 24, 2018
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 18, 2018
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 23, 2018
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 18, 2018
The largest Christmas parade north of Toronto! Help welcome Santa as over 100 floats and bands lead the way for him through Downtown Orillia.

Coldwater Santa Claus Parade & Candle Light Walk
December 1, 2018
This year’s theme is Christmas Lights Forever.

Ottawa Valley

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Help Santa Toy Parade
November 17, 2018
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 24, 2018
See Downtown Pembroke filled with dazzling light and spectacular spirit as we kick off the Christmas season! More info to come. 

Barry’s Bay Santa Claus Parade
December 16, 2018
Visit Santa at the PJY community centre after the parade.

Southern Georgian Bay

Collingwood Santa Claus Parade
November 17, 2018
Visit with Santa’s reindeer and see the living Christmas windows. The traditional lighting of the town Christmas Tree happen after the parade.

Wasaga Beach Santa Claus Parade & Funderland 
November 24, 2018
​Bright Lights, Santa Claus Parade: Saturday, November 25, 5 – 7pm. Register your group or float now. Enjoy post parade hot chocolate, Caroling, photos with Santa before Tree lighting 7 – 9pm. Starts Dunkerron Avenue and ends at RecPlex  Judges choices for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners!