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6 Things you might not know about the Toronto Santa Claus parade


Photo by Alex Indigo licensed CC BY 2.0

Traditionally, the annual Santa Claus Parade parade makes its way down the heart of Toronto, ending in Santa himself waving and saying a cheery “Ho! Ho! Ho!” to all the families lining the parade route.

This year, you'll be able to watch the parade on your television or stream it — check out our Ultimate Santa Clas Parade At-Home Guide!

There have been a lot of changes to the parade since its start in 1904 — and we’ve pulled together some interesting tidbits that you may not have known…

Santa Claus Parade by the numbers

  • There are now 23 floats and many bands in the parade.
  • This year the parade is being filmed in a super secret location (shhh!) and won't be going down University Ave.
  • There won't be any costumed participants this year but you can dress up at home and watch the parade on TV or online.
  • It's traditionally been the largest children's parade in North America.
  • The parade is broadcast as far as New Zealand, Norway and Ireland.
  • Although you can't wear a red nose to the parade, you can still wear one at home while you watch the parade. The money raised helps fund next year's parade and goes toward the United Way ... and makes you look awesome and festive!
  • There will be many special floats this year and some fun mascots!