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The Toronto Santa Claus parade is one of the iconic Christmas Parades so popular in North America and Canada, and also one of the earliest, typically firing the starting gun on the festive season as early as mid-November.
One unique feature of this event is the
Celebrity Clowns, offering people the chance to dress up and join
the parade in full clown costume, a novel concept but perhaps the
stuff of nightmares for some!
While the main parade has been taking place for over 100 years now, having started way back in 1905, a more recent addition to the schedule is the Holly Run, a 5k fun run that starts just 30 minutes before the big parade and follows the same route. The proceeds from the run go towards helping fund the parade for the following years.
The Toronto Santa Claus parade gets underway at 12.30pm, with the
Holly Run 5k race starting 30 minutes earlier at noon. Both events
follow the following route:
Start at Christie Pits
Bloor Street West
Front Street West
Finish at St Lawrence Market
See a full map of the parade route here:
Santa Claus parade map
Note that street closures in the parade area start from 8.00am so parking in the immediate vicinity is very restricted, making public transport the best option for those planning to attend.
Viewing points are plentiful along the route, with the only real tips being to warp up warm and arrive early!
The Santa Claus parade is one of those events that was quick to
embrace the growth of online streaming and has been providing
webcast viewing options for a few years now.
The whole parade is shown live by Canadian TV channel CTV, which also provides an online stream via their CTV Go service, although please be aware you will require an active subscription to be able to log in and watch:
Santa Claus parade live stream
An alternative viewing option you might like to consider is to check out some of the live webcams that are positioned in and around Toronto, offering a different perspective on the days events:
Hotel accommodation in Toronto is plentiful and relatively reasonably priced for such a cosmopolitan city. November isn't one of the busiest months to visit so there should be some decent deals to be had if you shop around.
You can check availability and make reservations for local hotels here.
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