Make the Most of the Santa Parade
Kids all across the city are gearing up to see the annual 109th Santa Claus Parade in Toronto. Here are a few tips to plan ahead and make the most of the parade!
The Santa Claus Parade has been a Toronto tradition for more than a hundred years. It will feature over 25 different-themed floats, 100 celebrity clowns, 22 bands, 1,500 volunteers, and let's not forget Santa Claus himself!
Hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to attend the parade. Large crowds, extensive road closures, and erratic weather can dampen the entire experience, if you don’t plan ahead.
Here are a few tips to make the most of the parade!
Arrive a few hours before the event if you want a spot in the front row. It’s going to be busy. Scout out your parking ahead of time. Remember, there is no parking along the parade route but you can find parking nearby. Click here for the Green P parking info.
The parade starts at 12:30 p.m. You can view the parade route at this link.
Consider taking the GO Train and TTC. Here is the GO Transit schedule.
Find a spot along the route that will enable you to see the floats coming towards to rather than have the floats just pass in front of you. Locate a spot near a coffee shop or restaurant so you can get hot drinks and have bathroom breaks. There are 20+ Tim Hortons, McDonalds, and Pizza Pizza locations along the parade route.
Dress your kids warmly. The temperature can change dramatically and even if the forecast isn't calling for cold weather, bundle them up well. Wear layers so you can peel off extra clothing. Hats or ear muffs, scarves, and mitts are a must.
Bring your letters to Santa. Santa’s postal elves will be there to collect them. Be sure to address letters to Santa Claus, North Pole, HOH OHO, Canada, and include your return address.
After the parade, consider hanging around downtown for awhile. That way, you won’t have to fight the crowds and the traffic to get home.
Things to bring:
- Camera, video, and extra batteries;
- Light folding chairs;
- Snacks, such as granola bars and juice boxes;
- Hot cocoa in a thermos;
- Sleeping bags and blankets;
- And, exact change for purchases.
And if you can’t make it to the parade, tune in to CP24 for the exclusive live broadcast on Sunday, November 17.
Need more info on the parade? Visit: www.thesantaclausparade.ca.