Where to Find Santa

Looking for the jolliest of elves himself? You've come to the right place. We'll help you track down Mr. Claus in Toronto and the GTA, whether it's at the mall, the aquarium, on a train ride, or your favourite downtown stomping ground. Get those wish lists and cameras ready!

Santa Claus Parades
Various dates
Santa will be bringing some holiday cheer to Toronto and the GTA with this season's Santa Claus parades. See which city streets Santa will be hitting this year!
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Santa Arrives at Eglinton Square  
Nov 18, 2016 
Santa arrives at Eglinton Square Shopping Centre. There will be a Magic Show, Balloon Sculptors, Face Painters and Crafts for Kids. A Santa Parade starts at 6:30pm. Free.
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Toronto Christmas Market
Nov 18, 2016 to Dec 22, 2016
The Toronto Christmas Market, one of the world’s best Christmas markets, returns to the Distillery Historic District, November 18 to December 22, to bring the spirit of the season to life. Now in its seventh year, the Toronto Christmas Market has quickly become the city’s favourite holiday tradition. Visitors can drop in Santa's House and take photos with Santa.
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Toronto Christmas Pet Show
Nov 19, 2016 to Nov 20, 2016
A truly unique family event for you and your pets! Over 200 exhibitors, 50,000+ Square Feet of space, and 2 full days with Santa!
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Holiday Traditions Featuring the RBG Train Show!
Nov 19, 2016 to Jan 8, 2017
This season’s favourite holiday destination for families! Santa wants to remind everyone that it is very important for them to book their visit with him online, prior to arriving at RBG. Admission includes: Canada’s best botanical train show, Winter Walks, Craft-a-Character, Storytime, Discover Holiday Plants and Family Entertainment. Register for visits with Santa and breakfast with Santa.
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Christmas at Black Creek
Nov 19, 2016 to Dec 23, 2016
Christmas comes to Black Creek Pioneer Village! Come and see the Village in its finest holiday attire and celebrate Christmas with old and new traditions. Enjoy special Christmas programs on the weekends starting on November 19! Visit with Santa Claus and view the Village from a horse-drawn wagon on December weekends.
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A Visit with Santa at Markville
Nov 19, 2016 to Dec 24, 2016
The man in red is back in town and he can’t wait to see you again! Come see Santa while he’s visiting from the North Pole and have your picture taken together. And be sure to book ahead so that you can skip the lineup and get back to the good stuff – wrapping gifts and counting down how many more sleeps until the big day. A Visit with Santa is FREE, picture prices vary depending on the package purchased. 
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Santa's Holiday Celebration at Bridlewood Mall
Nov 26, 2016
A Holiday Celebration featuring a spectacular Laser Light Show, Musical Performances, Kids Activities, Giveaways and a special visit from Santa & his friends! Free admission.
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Santa Train at York-Durham Heritage Railway
Nov 26, 2016 to Dec 18, 2016
We have received news from the North Pole that Santa will be joining our train rides. Each child will have a chance to meet Santa while enjoying on-board entertainment. Ride on our decorated train and enjoy on-board entertainment. The best part is that Santa will visit each child at their seat. This is a great photo opportunity! Each child will also receive a gift bag upon departing the train.
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Holiday Pajama Party at Funtastic Forest
Nov 26, 2016
Come celebrate the holidays with the one and only Toronto Iron Man and the best Santa in the GTA area from Just Be Claus! Bring your camera and a non-perishable food item to benefit Vaughan Food Bank! Plus, there will be a mini holiday market with some great vendors, FREE face painting, FREE holiday cookie decorating, FREE hot chocolate station, Story time with Santa, FREE swag bags to the first 100 guests and a raffle with great prizes!
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Santa at the Eaton Centre
Nov 26, 2016 to Dec 24, 2016
The man in red is back in town and he can’t wait to see you again! Come see Santa while he’s visiting from the North Pole in an authentic Santa's Log Cabin. A holiday-themed story will be read and each child will be able to spend time interacting with Santa.  Be sure to book ahead so you can get back to the good stuff – wrapping gifts and counting down how many more sleeps until the big day.
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Christmas Holiday Show
Nov 27, 2016
Join us this holiday season for a special Christmas experience. Unique exhibitors for a fun filled day of holiday shopping. The Christmas Holiday Show is pleased to provide all our guests with a visit from Santa. At the Markham Convention Centre.
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When You Wish Upon A Star at Casa Loma
Dec 1, 2016 to Jan 8, 2017
This December join us to celebrate and take part in the holiday magic at Casa Loma!  We are excited to host a wide range of activities and exciting performances that are sure to be fun for the whole family. Featuring festive décor throughout the castle and 10 stunning trees by celebrity designers, including Colin & Justin. Shows, special appearances by PAW Patrol, and kids are invited to visit Santa in the Spin Master workshop, participate in creative arts and crafts, visit with wintery holiday mascots, decorate tasty treats, sing along with live carollers and much more!
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Magical Christmas Forest at Kortright
Dec 2, 2016 to Dec 23, 2016
Come to Kortright and experience a winter wonderland filled with crafts, activities and treats for the entire family. Go on a horse drawn wagon ride and see the Elves workshop and Santa Claus himself! *Event is sold out.
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Christmas on the Rails at the Halton County Radial Railway
Dec 3, 2016 and Dec 10, 2016
Ride into the holiday season with us! We’re opening our doors one last time until the spring for a unique seasonal experience. There’s nothing like riding the rails through the woods with snow on the trees and Christmas carols in the air and a visit from Santa! Tickets sold at the door.
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Annual Lamplight Tour at Oshawa Museum
Dec 3, 2016
The Lamplight Tour is a timeless annual event at the Oshawa Museum and has been celebrated for over 25 years. The evening invites you to look back and reminisce about your family’s Christmas traditions while enjoying those of Oshawa’s Victorian settlers. This will also be the fourth year that we’ll be taking photos with Father Christmas in the Drive Shed.
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Santa in the Junction
Dec 4, 2016
Join us in the Junction neighbourhood for a full day of Christmas themed activities and shopping at the annual Santa in the Junction event. The major attractions include a visit from Santa and his elves at the Junction Train Platform, and a street wide market theme spanning the neighborhood. Free admission.
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Milk and Cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
Dec 4, 2016
Ho Ho Ho! Santa is coming to the Butterfly Conservatory! Have fun decorating cookies and get a chance to meet Santa & Mrs. Claus. A great photo opportunity! 
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Brunch with Santa at RBG
Dec 4, 2016 to Dec 17, 2016
Join Santa for a delicious buffet brunch! Once you’ve satisfied your appetite, enjoy all of the activities at Holiday Traditions. Pre-register. December 4, 11 & 17.
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Breakfast with Santa at Ripley's Aquarium
Dec 4, 2016 to Dec 18, 2016
Enjoy Breakfast with Santa on December 10, 11 and 18 at Toronto's newest and popular attraction! This special event at the aquarium includes breakfast, photos with Santa, a child's gift and much more!
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Santa’s Winter Wonderland at Bramalea City Centre
Dec 5, 2016 to Dec 24, 2016
Boys and Girls and their Furry Friends are invited to Visit Santa At Santa’s Winter Wonderland, sponsored by Pandora. Get your wish list ready! Santa has arrived at Bramalea City Centre (25 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton) and he is meeting with boys and girls and their four-legged friends to find out what they want to find under the Christmas tree until December 24 in Santa’s Winter Wonderland, sponsored by Pandora in the Bay Court. NEW for 2016, families can schedule appointments for photos and a personalized visit with Santa from December 5 to 24.
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Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square
Dec 8, 2016 to Dec 23, 2016
In the heart of Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square, the Holiday Fair in the Square runs December 8th – 23rd. Combining the charm and elegance of a traditional European Christmas market with the excitement and allure of a thriving winter carnival, Fair in the Square is guaranteed to become a Toronto holiday tradition. Guests are welcomed into the warmth of Santa’s home for a meet-and-greet and holiday photos, plus kids can write letters to Santa, meet an elf or two and build a stuffed toy. Guests are not obligated to purchase a picture with Santa, every child will have the opportunity to meet with Santa free of charge.
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Storytime with Santa at Black Creek
Dec 11, 2016 to Dec 18, 2016
Join in on Storytime with Santa! Families can experience the magic of Christmas before Black Creek's daily festivities begin! Children ages 2+ will love spending time with Santa and his helpers. Gather around Santa's chair and hear a classic Christmas tale read by the jolly man himself!
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Toronto Etsy Street Team Annual Christmas Market
Dec 17, 2016
On Saturday December 17th is holding its 3rd Annual Christmas Market in St. Stephens in the field Church, in the heart of trendy the College West area, close to Kensington Market and Chinatown. This year the Toronto Etsy Street Team is happy to welcome Santa who will be taking selfies with guests and shoppers. As well as Krampus! Who will scare all the little boys and girls into being good lest they get carried off in a coal sack! The show features 30 Toronto Etsy Street Team makers and vintage sellers, including; one of a kind jewelry, art, illustration, baking, fashion, house wares and more. And delicious fresh refreshments will be available for sale from Phancy Foods Catering.
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Tea with Santa & Mrs. Claus at Petite and Posh
December 18, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Join us for annual Santa & Mrs. Claus Holiday Tea at Petite and Posh from December 18th to 23rd sessions at 10am & 12pm. Interactive tea session, photo opportunities, Holiday scavenger hunt, Dance Party with Santa, Decorate your own tea cup!
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Check back for updated listings as we find out about more Santa spottings.

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