The Santa Claus Parade will take place on Sunday, Nov 16
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For over 100 years, families in Toronto have celebrated the Santa Claus Parade, an unofficial kick-off of the holiday season in the city. The lovely tradition that has put smiles on kids’ faces for generations has become a major institution, attracting tens of thousands of visitors who line the parade route. This year, the parade consists of more than 100 celebrity clowns handing out balloons and entertaining the audience, 22 marching bands, about 1,500 volunteers, and 25 colourful different-themed floats with the most important man of the day — Santa!
The parade starts at Christie Pits Park at 12:30 P.M. It will move past the ROM and the Eaton Centre and finish at the St. Lawrence Market. Just like every year, organizers expect crowds of spectators, so we advise you arrive a bit earlier to get a decent spot. And don’t forget to bring along a blanket and a hot drink to keep you warm. November days can get chilly!
Holly Jolly Fun by Mike O.
For shortly before the parade, the organizers have also prepared another event — a Holly Jolly 5 kilometre Fun Run along the parade route, starting at 12:00 P.M. Every registered participant will get a Holly Jolly hat and mittens so that even the athletes’ outfits fit the holiday spirit. You can register at the parade’s website.