If your kids are anything like mine, the talk about Santa has probably started in your house. Luckily for us here in Toronto, Santa will be making several local appearances over the coming weeks.
Here’s a round-up of his upcoming appearances in the west-end so you can get out to see the big man in person.
1. Baby Point Gates – Baby, It’s Cold Outside! Sat Nov 16th, 2019 10am-4pm
The Baby Point Gates BIA is hosting their 6th Annual Baby It’s Cold Outside Holiday Open House and Sidewalk Sale.
The event includes a bouncy castle, carolers singing traditional holiday songs, Santa and other family entertainment.
A Toronto tradition since 1913! Check out their website for handy tips, fun activities, and more. There is a new parade route this year. It starts at Bloor & Parliament and finishes at St Lawrence Market. See below for a full map of the parade route. If you can’t attend the parade in person, check it out on CTV at 4:30pm.
Sherway Gardens takes the ‘mall Santa’ experience to a whole new level with their (aptly named) Santa Experience at the mall’s centre court.
Book in advance and come participate in a special interactive session that concludes with your child’s opportunity to chat with Santa and receive complimentary digital photos. Tickets are $22 per child (yes, even babies) and adults are free. The show runs approximately 30 minutes from start to finish.
4. Canadian Pacific Holiday Train: Tues Nov 28th, 2019 8:15pm
With brightly lit festive box cars and a great line up of musical talent, the goal of The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, which is a real train that visits over 150 communities across North America collect food and money for local food banks while raising awareness of the fight against hunger (while delighting local children in the process).
The train’s ONLY Toronto stop happens to be at our very own Runnymede Station on Nov 28th! Meet the train at 750 Runnymede Rd, in front of CP Lambton yard office – and don’t forget your food and monetary donations for this important cause.
5. Etobicoke-Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade: Sat Dec 7th, 2019 10am
The Etobicoke-Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade is a good old-fashioned holiday parade that includes 10 marching bands, 15 professionally built floats, assorted clowns, and – of course – Santa himself! It starts at Dwight Avenue (one block west of Royal York), travels west along Lakeshore Blvd. W. and ends at 36th Street (Just before Browns Line). Families are invited to join Santa for a free community Skate With Santa at the beautiful Colonial Sam Smith Skating Trail following the parade from noon to 4pm.
Honourable mention goes to one of my favourite Christmas activities – even though it’s not in the west end. The Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District runs Nov 14 – Dec 22 and is absolutely magical.
Let us know what events you plan on visiting – and comment below if there are great events we’ve missed and should know about. Happy Holidays!