Santa Claus Parades


by Gary McWilliams (aka Festival Nomad ~ aka Winterman)

Who doesn’t love a Santa Claus parade?

I suppose that there a lot of people who don’t, but I’m not one of them!

As a result, I’ve been to quite a few.

I’ve been to both daytime and night time Santa parades.

And, to large and small parades.

I can’t say that I have a preference, one over that other.

Each has its own charm!

For example, large parades, such as the Toronto Santa Claus Parade, has lots of bands and floats.

The only problem is that they attract so many people.


As a result, it’s hard to get a good view, especially for the children!

Smaller events, such as the Cobourg or Port Hope Santa Claus Parades, are easier to watch, but don’t have as many bands or floats.

I guess it’s a compromise.

Night Santa Claus parades are also a lot of fun! We’ve been to a couple, Ajax and Collingwood.

The night lighting can be spectacular.

Whichever type of Santa Claus Parade you enjoy, being prepared is always a good idea!

The weather during Santa Claus Parades can be very unpredictable!

So, here are a few tips.

Bring extra clothing, a warm blanket and a comfortable folding chair.

Get there early enough to find a good spot.


And, finally, leave some room up front for the little kids. Afterall, Santa is their man!

Oh, and BE GOOD! Remember, Santa DOES have his “naughty or nice” list!

Merry Christmas!