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HO, HO, HO!! It's that time of year again. Watching your local Santa Claus Parade is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and even though things are running quite a bit differently this year, due to COVID-19, Santa is still excited to reach out and meet all the good little girls and boys this holiday season! Please double-check the specific websites for updated information on all events. While some cities have decided to cancel their parades altogether, others have gotten ultra creative and just altered how they are running them.

Richmond Hill: Santa's Workshop Drive-Thru

Saturday, November 14, 2020
Entry time: 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m.
Location: Richmond Green Park

You are invited to our first ever drive-through holiday experience! Due to COVID-19 safety measures, the annual in-person Santa Claus Parade will look a little different. In its place, we invite you to celebrate this annual tradition from the comfort of your vehicles. Wave at Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy the spectacular show of lights to the theme of Santa’s Workshop on decorated floats, holiday installations, and much more!

Registration is required to monitor attendance and for contact tracing purposes. Spaces are limited. Admission is free.

The experience will last approximately 5 – 7 minutes
The approximate wait time is 30 minutes to access the route due to the number of vehicles


Bowmanville: Reverse Parade

Saturday November 21st from 10:30am-12:30pm

Santa is coming to Bowmanville for the 59th Annual Bowmanville Santa Claus Parade. While Christmas events may look a little different this year, we are excited to be able to celebrate safely.

A Drive-Thru parade format allows everyone to wave and enjoy Santa and music from the safety of your own vehicle. Santa and his reindeer will remain stationary while guests drive their vehicles past his float, creating a no contact "reverse parade".

Bowmanville Indoor Soccer Parking Lot
2375 Baseline Rd. W, Bowmanville, ON L1C 5M2
Don't forget your letters for Santa and non-perishable food donations being collected by the Salvation Army.



Saturday November 21, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: TBD
Currently under planning discussions to accommodate COVID19 protocols for large group gatherings

Welcome Santa Claus to Newmarket at our annual Santa Claus Parade. This year's parade will have a different format due to COVID-19. Please check back for more details.

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Bradford: Santa Claus is coming to town!

Get into the holiday spirit with the Holiday Festival of Lights!
Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 5:00-9:00pm

Location: Henderson Memorial Park

Details: Local businesses, service groups and clubs are needed to assist with lighting up Henderson Memorial Park! Submit an application, keeping in mind that you should decorate your float in as many lights as possible. Floats will remain stationary while participants walk through to view the displays, ending with Santa's float.

A decision was made to host this event in replace of the Santa Claus Parade in order to accommodate physical distancing requirements and gathering limits. Pre-registration to attend the event is required and this information will be available at a later date.



Saturday, November 28, 2020 from 5-9pm

The Kinsmen & Kinette Club of Pickering presents the new Santa Claus Drive-Thru Parade: "Santa At The Drive-In".

Event pre-registration required (tickets available November 1)


Aurora: Santa Under the Stars Parade

Saturday, November 28, 2020 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location - Aurora Family Leisure Complex (AFLC)

This year due to COVID-19, the Santa Under the Stars Parade will be delivered in a new format. The parade will be a “reverse” parade, whereby vehicles drive around the parade and the parade floats remain stationary. The magic will be taking place in the front parking lots of the AFLC located at 135 Industrial Parkway North.

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.


TORONTO: Santa is coming to town!

Join us on Saturday, December 5th @ 7pm on CTV & CTV2 for The Original Santa Claus Parade.

Since 1905, the Santa Claus Parade has kicked off the Christmas season, first in Toronto, then for the whole country as it has grown in popularity and importance throughout the years. The Parade brings people together, regardless of their background, celebrating hope, family and love. It’s part of the fabric of our community.

Every year we bring hundreds of thousands of people on the streets of Toronto, and millions more watching at home, come together to celebrate this joyous season together. We’ve been doing so uninterrupted for 116 years, and that’s exactly what we were planning to do again this year, bring Santa’s magic back to town.

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

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Whitchurch-Stouffville Santa Claus Parade

Saturday, D​ecember 5th, 2020 from​ 6-9 pm
Hoover Park Drive

Whitchurch-Stouffville's Annual Evening Parade is back and has been reimagined to keep you safe. Enjoy the magic of this year's parade in a​ brand new Drive-Thru format.


PORT PERRY: Virtual Santa Parade



2020 will mark the 65th anniversary of the Cobourg Santa Claus Parade, an event that gathers thousands of individuals and families to welcome the holiday season. In order to celebrate this long standing tradition in the Town of Cobourg, while respecting new COVID-19 regulations and public safety, we are presenting an alternative approach to the parade.

Experience Cobourg and the Cobourg DBIA are seeking submissions from local businesses and community organizations for drawings of large, free standing floats.

We will post more details as they become available.

Oakville Santa Parade

Oakville: Santa Claus is coming to town...virtually!

We want you and Santa to stay safe this holiday season. That’s why Mayor Rob Burton will be sitting down with Santa in person instead of inviting him to our annual parade (sorry, parades don’t meet COVID-19 gathering restrictions). We’re excited to share this new and safe experience with you!
Have a question for Santa?

Please take a video asking your question and send to If selected, your video will be played for Santa and shown online for your friends and family to enjoy this winter!


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Santa Claus will be doing things a little differently in Ajax this year! After careful consideration and in the interest of public safety, the Town of Ajax has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 in-person Santa Claus Parade. But good news! A Virtual Holiday Event full of festive fun will be held in place of the traditional parade. Alternate plans will be announced soon.