Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade has returned this holiday season and will take place on November 20th. The festivities will span across most of the city, offering holiday cheer and jolly good times to the Toronto community. But, it also means there are road closures, traffic and logistics to plan for the day. So, read on to find out more about taking in Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade this year.
About the 2022 Santa Claus Parade
This year’s version of the parade begins at 12:30 p.m. on November 20th, beginning at Christie Pits. It will be hosted by TV personalities Melissa Grelo, Kelsey McEwen and Tyrone Edwards, and will run all the way to St. Lawrence Market, passing the ROM, Union Station and the Eaton Centre.
There are many new features to the parade this year, including a drive conducted by the league’s partners, Desjardins, that will collect unwrapped, new toys on parade day to donate to the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish. Donations can be dropped off at Emmanuelle College and Berczy Park.
Dancers from the Ontario School of Ballet will also be performing a dance to Run, Run, Rudolph, and invite viewers to participate by learning the dance online.
In terms of parking, street parking is available on most of the streets surrounding the parade, and it will pass the Bathurst, Spadina, Museum, Queen’s Park, Osgoode and Union TTC stations, also making it accessible by public transit. The designated accessible viewing station is located at the University and College intersection, across from Queen’s Park station.
For those who miss the in-person festivities, the parade will be broadcasted on CTV on December 3rd at 7 p.m.
The history of the parade
The first Santa Claus Parade took place in Toronto in 1905 and operates as a nonprofit organization. It runs thanks to contributions from sponsors like McDonald’s and MLSE and time spent by volunteers. It also runs on donations to the parade itself, which can be made online.