Santa Sightings 2017

Santa Sightings: Where to see Santa with the kids in and around Toronto and the GTA. At this time of the year, kids can find Santa ho-ho-ho-ing it up at most holiday events in the area, like tree lightings, holiday walks, and craft fairs. We've rounded up some of our other favourite places where the kids can see Santa in and around the city.

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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A Visit with Santa at Markville
November 1, 2017 to December 24, 2017
Come experience magic with the Big Guy! Mark your calendars! Online registration for Santa opens November 1st. Make your shopping trip easier by choosing a time that suits your family and take in the magic of the jolliest man around. Santa has been busy revamping his workshop to include a new interactive experience that includes a special gift for all.
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Toronto Christmas Market
November 16, 2017 to December 23, 2017
Rediscover the magic of Christmas November 16 to December 23 at the Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery Historic District. The Toronto Christmas Market features  hundreds of unique and locally handcrafted products, non-stop entertainment, heated beer and mulled wine gardens, Santa and the elves, and an atmosphere so charming you can’t help but fall in love with the holiday season all over again.
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Santa’s Winter Wonderland at Bramalea City Centre
November 16 to December 24, 2017
Have you been naughty or nice? Get your wish list ready, Santa is meeting with boys and girls and their four-legged friends at Bramalea City Centre (25 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton) to find out what they want to find under the Christmas tree from Thursday, November 16 until Sunday, December 24 in Santa's Winter Wonderland in the Bay Court. Santa VIP Experience with photos. available.
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Christmas at Black Creek
November 18, 2017 to December 23, 2017
Come and see the Village in its holiday finery, and celebrate the season with traditions old and new. Marvel at a flaming plum pudding, enjoy fresh baked mincemeat tarts and hot apple cider, and learn to perform an Irish jig to the sounds of a live fiddle. Visits with Santa on select days in December. Visit website for details.
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Santa at the Eaton Centre
November 18, 2016 to December 24, 2017
Make your shopping trip a breeze and reserve a time for your little ones to take in the wonder of the jolliest man around. No long lines, no waiting for the moment of magic – simply choose a time that suits your family best and enjoy an extra special Santa experience, complete with a gift! Visits with Santa are $10. All proceeds will be donated to Eva's Initiatives and Autism Speaks Canada. Photos can be taken during your visit.
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Visit with Santa at Fairview Mall
November 18, 2017 to December 24, 2017
Make your shopping trip a breeze and reserve a time for your little ones to take in the wonder of the jolliest man around. No long lines, no waiting for the moment of magic – simply choose a time that suits your family best and enjoy an extra special Santa experience, complete with a gift! 
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A Christmas Event at Ireland House Museum
November 19, 2017
Celebrate the holiday season with traditions of an earlier time at Ireland House Museum. Visitors will take a special holiday tour of the Museum, sample Victorian treats made on the 1830s Rumford hearth, and make a traditional tin punched ornament. There will also be horse and wagon rides, live reindeer’s, and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
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Light Up the Square 2017 at Celebration Square
November 25, 2017
In our final celebration of Canada 150 we kick-off the holiday season at Light Up the Square, presented by Rabba. Celebrate the wonder that is the great white north where bright lights, winter's magic, and cozy moments make for an unforgettable night. Don't forget everyone's favourite, photos with Santa and his elves. Free event.
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Christmas in the Village
November 25, 2017 to November 26, 2017
Get ready to rock around the Christmas tree this November! The Streetsville BIA is excited to present the second annual Christmas in the Village festival, and it promises to be even bigger and better than last year! All weekend long, family-friendly live bands will be playing for guests while they feast on delicious eats from an array of local restaurants and unique food trucks. Visitors can head down Queen St. S. to check out the Children’s craft tent, browse through dozens of unique market vendors, enjoy a horse and carriage ride, and take pictures with Santa outside the Robinson Bray House. Free.
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Christmas Activities at Springridge Farm
November 25 to December 10, 2017
Santa is taking time out of his hectic schedule to visit his friends at Springridge Farm! Mingle and jingle with Mr. Claus during their annual Christmas activities on weekends beginning November 25 until December 10, 10am-4pm. Activities include painting a glass ornament and decorating a freshly baked gingerbread cookie ($5 per activity).
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Santa Arrives & Horse Drawn Wagon Rides at Bridlewood Mall
November 25, 2017
Santa arrives for the season with help from his festive friends. Musical performances, tree lighting and caroling plus free outdoor horse drawn wagon rides and hot chocolate.
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Santa at Seasons!
November 26, 2017
Avoid the line-ups at the mall and join us for an afternoon of crafts and treats! Join Seasons and Pictonat Photography for an enjoyable Santa experience. Ticket includes snacks, crafts, sitting fee and 1(4×6) picture. Additional pictures are available for purchase.
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Magical Christmas Forest at Kortright
December 1, 2017 to December 23, 2017
Experience the magic of Christmas at Kortright this December. The forest comes to life with lights, friendly elves and your favorite Christmas characters. Visit Santa’s workshop to see the elves at work. Play games, make Christmas crafts and watch a Christmas movie in our theater. Enjoy carols and Christmas treats by the fire. Each child will have the chance to visit Santa’s cabin and tell Santa their Christmas wish.
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150 Years of Canadian Christmas at Casa Loma
December 1, 2017 to January 7, 2018
This December join us to celebrate and take part in the holiday magic at Casa Loma, by celebrating 150 Years of Canadian Christmas. We are excited to host a wide range of activities and thrilling performances that are sure to be fun for the whole family. As always kids are invited to visit Santa in his castle workshop and, participate in arts and crafts, visit with wintery holiday mascots, decorate tasty treats and much more. 
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Paws n’ Mr. Claus - Pet Pictures with Santa at Bradley Museum
December 2, 2017
A family photo isn't complete without the whole family. Or maybe your pet needs some quality time with Santa. Bring them into the Bradley Museum for an afternoon of four-legged fun. Proceeds will go to support the Mississauga Animal Services Special Care and Resources Fund (S.C.A.R.F).
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Pet Photos with Santa at Cosmopawlitan - Toronto
December 2 to December 17, 2017
Find out what your pet wants this Christmas! Back by popular demand our Pet Photos with Santa returns to the Harboufront at a new location. Capture the magical bond between Santa and your pet and take home a beautiful portrait. This is a family friendly event.
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Christmas on the Rails at the Halton County Radial Railway
December 2, 2017 and December 9, 2017
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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Storytime with Santa at Black Creek
December 3 to December 17, 2017
Santa Claus is coming to town! December 3, 10 & 17 2017. Starting time to choose from: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Spend a fun-filled festive time with Santa and his helpers at Black Creek Pioneer Village! Decorate your own Christmas cookie while warming up with hot apple cider in the cozy historic kitchen. Create your very own Christmas craft.
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Milk & Cookies with Santa at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
December 9, 2017
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! Please note: Reservations are required, and full payment is due upon reservation.
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Breakfast with Santa at Ripley's Aquarium
December 9 to December 17, 2017
This holiday season, join Santa for breakfast under the sea! Ripley's Aquarium of Canada will be hosting a mouth-watering breakfast on Dec 9, 10, 16 & 17 from 8 - 9am that is 'shore' to get your family into the FISHmas spirit. Tickets include: breakfast, complimentary coat check, a family photo with Santa, general admission to the aquarium, and a gift for your child to take home! 
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Hot Cocoa & Gingerbread House fun with Mrs. Claus at Petite and Posh
December 9 to December 24, 2017
Join us for Hot Cocoa & Gingerbread House fun with Mrs. Claus at Petite and Posh on December 9th, 16th, 23rd & 24th sessions at 9:30am. The session includes interactive session with Mrs. Claus complete with snow dusted dusted belgian waffles & warm cocoa. Children will then work with Mrs. Claus to create and decorate their very own Gingerbread house and end the evening with story time and dance party.
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Magical Winterland Nights at Casa Loma
December 18, 2017 to January 7, 2018
Explore the holiday magic of Casa Loma... at night!  Wander through the dazzling lighting display in the gardens and witness famed illusionist entertainer Professor Wick’s holiday themed magic show. Families are invited to visit Santa in his castle workshop, visit with wintery holiday mascots, sing along with live carolers, enjoy savory and sweet treats, hot cocoa and much more!
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