Did you know that the Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade is the longest running children’s parade in the world?
Started in 1905, the Parade is comprised of more than 25 floats with movie themes, fairy tales, holiday legends and sports. More than 200 Celebrity Clowns lead the Parade and raise $200,000 annually. Over 2,000 costumed participants march through Toronto’s streets.
The parade takes place this Sunday Nov 20th and starts at 12:30pm at Christie Pitts Station. It takes about 2.5 hours for the whole parade to go by if you’re standing in one spot, so plan accordingly if you want to be sure to see Santa.
Here’s a map of the parade route.
I recommend taking TTC, and packs snacks and activities for your little ones. We’ve always been okay standing behind the crowd on daddy’s shoulders (my son, not me! ha!) but if you’d like a seat or stroller parking I do suggest getting there early. We also try to scope out a spot near a restaurant so that there is bathroom access!
Don’t forget to bring your letters for Santa as his elves are on hand collecting them all. We always pick up this complimentary kit by Hallmark at Toys’R’Us. It contains an activity book, crayons, stickers, and of course the letter to Santa (while supplies last, mark your calendars to keep your eye out for them in Nov 2017!)
Also remember to bring some change for the Air Cadets who are selling the signature red noses for $2 each.
In 2014, MLSE (home of The Maple Leafs, Raptors and Toronto FC) and the Santa Claus Parade began a multi-year partnership bringing together two long-standing Toronto institutions. Together they will invest $1 million over five years into the community through MLSE Foundation.
One of the key pieces of MLSE’s partnership with the Parade is the Holly Jolly Fun Run. Registered participants will run 5K along the same route as the parade, showing their festive spirit as parade goers cheer them on. All proceeds from the Holly Jolly Fun Run will be donated to the Santa Claus Parade, which is a not-for-profit organization.
On the day of the parade, join in on the conversation on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter by using the hashtag #TOSanta. We’d love to see some photos of you and your family enjoying the parade!