Posts Tagged ‘Christmas parade’

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Let’s gear up for the Ho Ho Holidays!

It is safe to say, we can Make Spirits Bright, Deck The Halls and last but not least: Welcome Jolly Old Saint Nicholas to town!

The Toronto Santa Claus Parade is on Sunday November 18th in person at 12:30. The Original Santa Claus Parade has been an exciting must see jolly, festive event since 1913. There are floats, bands and happy clowns. There are also letter carriers collecting letters written to Santa. If you can’t adorn your red nose in person, you can always catch it on CTV at 4:30.

“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”

“You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
He’s making a list,
He’s checking it twice,
He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice
Santa Claus is coming to town…”
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Ho Ho, the Emergency Santa Kit will instantly turn anyone into the jolly old man.

Emergency Santa Clause Kit at Danna Bananas

 

The Santa Mustache Pacifier will turn your little one into Santa Baby. It is BPA free.

Santa Claus Mustache Pacifier at Danna Bananas

Create the most famous reindeer scene of all with these Christmas photo booth accessories and some or your original misfits. The Christmas Photo Booth will make your Christmas party photos just a little more like a Santa Claus Parade.

Christmas Photo Booth

Toronto Santa Claus Parade

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

History of the Toronto Santa Claus Parade

First Santa Claus for Toronto Parade

112 years ago, The Toronto Santa Claus Parade first came to the big smoke and put smiles on all ages of spectators. The year was 1905 and the population was 5,827 but really there was only one person in the parade at that time and that was jolly old St. Nick. It pre-dated the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City by almost 20 years. He arrived at Union Station atop a horse-drawn Eaton’s delivery wagon  and walked with the Eaton family to their store. The Eaton’s Department Store was their sponsor until 1982. In 1913, Santa journeyed down Yonge street by eight live reindeer. In 1917,  floats were introduced and in 1919 Santa arrived by plane. The parade was first aired on the radio  in the 1930s and viewed on TV for the very first time in 1952.

My memories of attending The Santa Claus parade was during the 80’s. My family would take the subway down with lawn chairs and blankets. We would joyfully watch the floats go by and excitedly anticipate Santa’s arrival with much excitement. My other memories were taking my nephews down in the 90’s and letting them sit on a snowbank.

In this day in age, there are dozens of floats, clowns and bands winding through the streets of Toronto spreading holiday joy and entertaining kids of all ages.

Toronto Santa Claus Parade 2016

When Santa arrives in Toronto on November 20th, that means the holiday season  is officially upon us. Tis The Season!

If you can’t make it down to see the parade in person at 12:30 today, don’t forget to watch it on T.V. at 4:30 on CTV.

Toronto Santa Claus Parade

Don’t forget that this is just the beginning of Holiday celebrations in Toronto. There are many more events and activities to do besides the obligatory Christmas shopping.