Where to find a Santa Claus parade in Hamilton, Burlington and Niagara this season

Here’s a list of the Santa Claus Parades scheduled in and near Hamilton, Burlington and Niagara for the 2017 season.
Keyonne Kerr, dressed as Olaf from Disney's Frozen, eagerly awaits the arrival of Santa. (Sunnie Huang/CBC)

Santa Claus is coming to town, and town and town.

Here's a list of the Santa Claus Parades scheduled in and near Hamilton, Burlington and Niagara for the 2017 season.

Did we miss one? Drop us a line at hamilton@cbc.ca.


Hamilton: Parade kicks of Nov. 18 at 4:30 p.m. Bring your letters for Santa; they will be collected along the parade route.

New route: Travels up Bay Street North from Stuart Street, turns left on York Boulevard, turns left on James Street North, turns left on Strachan Street West and ends at the parking lot at Bayfront Park.

Brantford: The 43rd annual parade happens Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. with a theme of "Christmas Across Canada". Route: Stanley Street and Dalhousie to Harmony Square.

Flamborough: Parade happens Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Letters to Santa will be collected along parade route. Route: Starts at Hamilton St & Rockhaven Lane, travels down Hamilton, across Dundas, up Main St and across Parkside Dr back to Hamilton St.

Stoney Creek: The 61st annual parade happens Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. and follows this route: King Street East from Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School to Battlefield Drive.

Cayuga: Parade happens Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. with a theme of celebrating a "Canadian Christmas" to coincide with Canada 150 celebrations. Route: Starts at Echo Street West, turns left on Ottawa Street North, and then left on King Street before ending on Cayuga Street North.

Dunnville: The 73rd annual parade kicks off with an 8:30 a.m. Lioness Breakfast with Santa at the Arena, 5 p.m. Trees of Hope at the hospital and family skating at the arena after the parade. The theme is "an old-fashioned family Christmas." Route: Starting at Tamarac Street, ending at George Street.

Paris: The parade happens Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. downtown, beginning on William Street.

Jolly old Santa Claus came into town for Hamilton's 2014 parade. (Sunnie Huang/CBC)


Burlington: The 52nd annual parade happens Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. Route: Starts at the corner of Prospect Street and Guelph Line (near the Burlington Mall) and travels south along Guelph Line to New Street, west along New Street to where it turns into James Street, and continues along James Street to Brant Street, north on Brant Street and finishes at Brant and Caroline Street.


Grimsby: The 60th annual parade has a theme of "150 years of Christmas Traditions." Route: Eastbound along Livingston Ave, Main Street West at Town Hall, and ending at the Ontario Street intersection.

Fort Erie: The 45th annual parade happens Nov. 18 at 4 p.m.

New route: Travels up Jarvis Street from Klauck, turning left on Central Avenue and will end at Central Avenue and Catherine Street.

Niagara Falls: Parade is Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. Route: Begins on Victoria Ave at Armoury St and continues along Victoria, then Queen St, ending at Erie Ave.

Welland:Parade happens Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. After the parade, Santa will light Welland's Christmas tree and families are invited into Civic Square for a meet and greet with the big guy himself. Route: East Main Street from Wellington Street to Civic Square.

St. Catharines: Parade happens Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. There's a free skate at Meridian Centre from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and volunteers will be collecting non-perishable food items, hats & mittens, and letters to Santa along parade route.

New Route: Travels from Meridian Centre on McGuire Street, left on Carlisle Street, left on St. Paul Street, ends at Queen Street.

Santa Claus Parades happen throughout Hamilton, Burlington and Niagara this holiday season. (Louis Lanzano/AP Photo)

Smithville: The 27th annual parade happens Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. with a North Pole theme. Route: Starts at the Community Center (Arena) and proceeds along Regional Rd 20 (old Hwy 20), past Town hall to the intersection of Canborough Rd & Reg. Rd 14.

Thorold: The 27th annual parade happens Nov. 25 at 4 p.m. Begins at Monsignor Clancy School, travels along Sullivan Ave, then up Front St. to the Book Depot Warehouse.

Niagara on the Lake: Parade happens Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. Route: Starts on King at Centre Street, righto on Castlereagh, left on Wellington, left on Byron, left on Simcoe, left on Queen, Right on King to Platoff.

Pelham: The 20th annual parade happens Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. Fenwick Lions continue the celebration after the parade with plenty of free activities, food and refreshments. Route: leaving Bethany Christian Reformed Church on Balfour Street, heads north to Canboro Road, through the downtown core of Fenwick to Church Street, and ends at Centennial Park.