Where To Meet Santa Safely In 2020

This year, we won't be seeing a Santa ho-ho-ho-ing it up at usual holiday happenings in the city, since most have been cancelled. We have however, rounded up the best spots where you can still meet up with the big red guy, virtually or in-person.

Here's our list of where you can take your kids to meet the jolly old elf, at a safe distance of course!

Virtual Visits with Santa at Cadillac Fairview Mall Locations

  • Dates not announced
  • Cadillac Fairview Mall Locations
  • Cost not posted

Cadillac Fairview is introducing several new virtual Santa experiences to keep the magic and spirit of the season alive for Canadian families. CF Storytime LIVE with Santa will take place on Facebook LIVE! and feature 15-minute episodes in both English and French that will bring families together at home. Also new: virtual visits with Santa where families can have a video chat with Santa. For more information and to make reservations for these virtual experiences, guests can visit their local mall website, found on cfshops.com.

Christmas Drive-Thru Tours at Pickering Museum Village

  • Weekends - November 14, 2020 until December 13, 2020
  • Pickering Museum Village
  • $20

Journey back through the years to learn how our popular Christmas traditions started. Hear how Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer came to be and when his Christmas carol first started. End your tour with a safe-distanced visit with Santa Claus! Note: This event is sold out. More

Holly Jolly Sleigh at Upper Canada Mall

  • November 14, 2020, until December 24, 2020
  • Upper Canada Mall
  • $39.99 and up

Introducing our socially distanced Santa photo experience featuring a one-of-a-kind, two-piece Holly Jolly Sleigh that allows guests to stay safe while capturing the magic of the season. More

Santa Under the Stars Parade in Aurora

  • Saturday, November 28, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Aurora Family Leisure Complex
  • Free

The parade will be a “reverse” parade, whereby vehicles drive around the parade and the parade floats remain stationary. This night time parade is full of magic, with beautifully decorated floats, popular mascots, incredible marching bands and a few special guests including the Jolly man-in-red himself. More

Storytime Magic with Santa at Mountsberg

  • November 20, 2020 until December 24, 2020
  • Mountsberg Conservation Area
  • $20-25

Christmas magic is coming back to Mountsberg with Storytime Magic with Santa! Enjoy a scavenger hunt through the woods and Santa’s magic village, hot chocolate and cookies, and a Christmas craft. Finish out the day with virtual Christmas story time with Santa. More

CF Sherway Gardens Holiday Drive Thru

  • November 24 to December 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • CF Sherway Gardens
  • Free

Take a magical journey to the North Pole from the comfort of your own vehicle! The final stop concludes with a special meeting with Santa for a physically distanced photo to commemorate the unique experience. More

Bluffs Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru Event

  • November 27 to December 20, 2020
  • Bluffer's Park Beach Parking Lot
  • $25 per vehicle

Bluffs Winter Wonderland drive thru experience will bring holiday cheer to all, as visitors will get a chance to have a meet & greet with Santa! More

Magical Christmas Forest at Kortright

  • November 27, 2020 to December 23rd, 2020
  • Kortright Centre for Conservation
  • $24.00 and up

Escape into the Magical Christmas Forest at Kortright Centre and experience a winter wonderland filled with lights, crafts, activities and treats for the whole family. Santa photos will not be provided so please be sure to bring your own camera to capture the experience. More

Polar Drive

  • November 27, 2020 to January 3, 2021
  • Toronto Pearson Airport
  • $55-$65 per vehicle

Polar Drive is a covid-safe, drive-through Holiday wonderland experience for the entire family. You'll also get a chance to snap a picture as you drive past the real Santa. More

Toronto Zoo Holiday Drive-Thru

  • November 28 to December 21, 2020
  • Drive-thru
  • $25

A family-friendly and COVID safe experience! See the beauty of winter at The Toronto Zoo as you and your family drive through a special holiday route from the safety and warmth of your own vehicle. After a drive by-visit with Santa, see a few special sights: Santa’s cottage where some of his reindeer reside and the Enrichment Toy Workshop where some of the Toronto Zoo Elves are making toys for the animals. The Zoo will also be accepting donations of non-perishable food items and toys for families in need. More

Cruising Claus at Bloor West Village

  • Sunday, November 29, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • From the window of your home + food donation
  • Free

Santa and his elves will be cruising the neighborhood spreading holiday cheer and collecting food donations for our local food banks. Listen out for Santa's sleigh bells! More

Toronto Santa Claus Parade

  • Saturday, December 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • CTV & CTV2
  • Free

Parade plans, like so many of yours, have changed, but Santa will still be with you to celebrate the holidays and bring Santa’s magic to Canada. More

Storytime with Santa

  • Weekends, December 5 to December 20, 2020
  • Online
  • $24.99

Santa Claus is logging in to town! Keep the family tradition going by visiting Santa (Virtually) this year! Book your session with Santa Claus and let your child tell Mr. Christmas what they would like under the tree, take a virtual photo, and listen as Santa reads you a story. More

Storytime with Santa at Black Creek Pioneer Village

  • December 5 to December 23, 2020
  • Black Creek Pioneer Village
  • $22.95 to 25.95

There your family will have to opportunity to visit with Santa and snap a selfie or two, take part in festive outdoor games, visit the farm animals, and gather round Santa’s chair to hear a classic Christmas tale read by the jolly man himself. Masks must be worn. Note: This event is sold outMore

Mattel Canada Virtual Holiday Showcase with Santa Claus!

  • Saturday, December 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Online
  • Free

Tune in via Zoom for a 30-minute live stream of Santa Claus previewing some of Mattel’s most wanted toys of the season along with a North Pole tour! More


Milk and Cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Aurora Winter Festival Toronto

Toronto Christmas Market (a smaller shopping market will be open at the Distillery District but there won't be activities or visits with Santa.)

Check back often. We'll update this page if we hear of any other visits that Santa is planning!

Heads up! We’re working hard to be accurate ― but these are unusual times, so please always check before heading out. Prices quoted may be subject to HST.

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