For many families, the holiday season doesn’t officially begin until their local Santa Claus parade. This year marks the 105th anniversary of the Toronto Santa Claus Parade (this Sunday, starting at 12:30 p.m.)—the longest running children’s parade in the world and one of the overall longest parades in the world. We’ll be attending this one, but check our list for a parade close to you.
St. John’s—Nov. 29, 2009, 1 p.m.
The theme of this year’s Annual Downtown Christmas Parade is “A Toyland Christmas.” Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Community Food Sharing Association. And if weather permits, Santa will be flying along the parade route in a helicopter.
Summerside, P.E.I.—Nov. 23, 2009, 6:30 p.m.
Donations will be accepted during the Downtown Summerside Santa Claus Parade for the Salvation Army and Santa will be unveiling Santa’s Mailbox at the end of the route.
Halifax—Nov. 21, 2009, 6.p.m.
The 14th Annual Chronicle Herald Parade of Lights features lights, music and floats. Non-perishable items unwrapped toys and cash donations will be collected. Canada Post will also collect letters to Santa.
Fredericton—Nov. 28, 2009, 5 p.m.
This annual Kinsmen lighted Christmas parade takes place in the city’s Northside neighbourhood.
Quebec City—Nov. 29, 2009, 3.p.m.
The eighth annual La parade des Jouets takes place in the Saint-Roch neighbourhood.
Montreal—Nov. 21, 2009, 11 a.m.
This traditional parade takes place along Sainte-Catherine Street between Du Fort and Sainte-Urbaine.
Ottawa—Dec. 5, 2009, 6 p.m.
During Ottawa’s 40th anniversary Help Santa Toy Parade, the Fire Fighters’ Association will help collect new toys and cash donations for the less fortunate children in Ottawa-Carleton.
Hamilton, Ont.—Nov. 14, 2009, 2 p.m.
This parade is celebrating its 60th anniversary.
North Bay, Ont.—Dec. 15, 2009, noon
This year’s theme is the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
Winnipeg—Nov.14, 2009, 5 p.m.
This parade is celebrating its 100 anniversary this year. Attendees are asked to bring donations of warm winter clothing (mitts, coats, boots) for various Winnipeg charities.
Saskatoon—Nov. 22, 2009, 1 p.m.
This parade is still looking for volunteers. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food or toy to be donated to the Salvation Army.
Edmonton—Dec. 6, 2009, 10 a.m. to noon.
The 22st Indoor Annual Santa Claus Parade featuring marching bands, mascots, floats and more takes place in the downtown pedway system (second level).
Vancouver—Dec. 6, 2009, 1 p.m.
Those attending the sixth annual Rogers Vancouver Santa Claus Parade are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be collected for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.