Toronto is home to many Christmas traditions and which is more popular than the Santa Claus Parade? Santa will be showing up for his 110th voyage through the city streets on Sunday, November 16th, 2014. Read on for what you need to know about this annual event.
The parade will begin at 1230pm sharp, at Christie Pitts. It will proceed down Bathurst Street, passing Spadina Avenue and the Royal Ontario Museum, before heading down Avenue Road towards University Avenue. The route will end a short way down Front Street, at the iconic St. Lawrence Market.
Holly Jolly 5k Fun Run
At 12pm, the 2nd Annual Holly Jolly 5-kilometre Fun Run is being held on the same day. Participants will run the parade route and be cheered on by all of the spectators.
The Santa Claus Parade is easy to reach driving, and via public transportation. Go Transit will be offering a special schedule on all GO lines, as well as day passes for only $20.00 for groups, $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for seniors and children. Many TTC stops are along the parade route, including Christie, Bathurst, Spadina, Osgoode, King, Museum, St. George and more. If you're travelling in from the West, East or North, Highways 401 East, 401 West and 404 South will get you to where you need to go.
Make the most of your experience by planning ahead! Decide in advance how you're going to get to the parade, and where you're going to park if you're driving. Dress warm – bundling up in thick coats, gloves, scarves and hats is a great way to stay warm while waiting for Santa.
Volunteer, Sponsor or Donate
Helping hands in the city are how the Santa Claus Parade comes to be. Click here to learn more about volunteering to march or ride a float in the parade and how you can help as a sponsor. A not-for-profit organization, the parade is also always in need of donations.
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Images via santaclausparade.com