Santa is still coming to town: Here's where you can catch him in Waterloo region and area

Santa Claus will still be the main attraction at parades, reverse parades and drive-thru events in Waterloo region, Guelph and surrounding area. Here's where to find him.

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Santa Claus is coming to town in various ways this holiday season. There are parades, reverse parades and drive-thru events planned in and around Waterloo region. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

While some communities have opted not to have traditional Santa Claus parades due to COVID-19, there are still ways for people to see the jolly old soul this season.

The annual CP Holiday Train is not running this year, but people can watch the online event Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. It will feature music from Steven Page, The Strumbellas, The Trews, Sierra Noble, Odds, Tanika Charles, Aysanabee and Keb' Mo'.

For those looking for Santa, here's where you'll find him: 

Santa Claus Reverse Parade

Nov. 27 at RIM Park in Waterloo

10 a.m.

This event by the Lions Club of Kitchener allows people to drive past the floats and this parade is first come, first serve.

Donations will be accepted for The Food Bank of Waterloo Region and local firefighters will be collecting for the Knights of Columbus' Toy Drive.

Santa Claus Drive-thru Parade in Ayr

Nov. 27

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Santa will be on site for this drive-thru event. Organizers say there will be no pedestrian or cycle traffic permitted. Donations will be accepted for the Cambridge Food Bank.

Santa Claus Parade in Elora

Nov. 27

6:15 p.m.

Organizers recommend people bundle up for the evening parade, which will start at Sophia Street, then go down Geddes Street, turn right onto Metcalfe Street, left onto Mill Street E., with the end at Bissell Park.

Santa's Drive-thru in Puslinch

Nov. 28

2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The drive-thru event will be on the grounds of the Puslinch Community Centre in Aberfoyle. Children can bring their letters to Santa and will receive a goodie bag. Donations to the food bank will be accepted. 

Santa's Parade of Lights in Stratford

Nov. 28

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Organizers say 50 floats are expected at this year's parade. The route starts at the William Allman Memorial Arena, travelling up Morenz Drive/Nile Street to Ontario Street, then along Downie Street on the way to city hall. 

Dancers take part in a Santa Claus parade in Guelph in 2017. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

Santa Claus Parade in Elmira

Dec. 4

10 a.m. to noon

The route this year will see floats and Santa go from the corner of Church Street and Arthur Street downtown to the cenotaph near Elmira District Secondary School.

Reverse Santa Claus parade in New Dundee

Saturday, Dec. 4

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the parking lot of the New Dundee Community Centre for this physically distanced reverse parade. The Optimist Club of New Dundee will be handing out special treats.

Donations of non-perishable food items and toys will be collected for the Wilmot Family Resource Centre. All volunteers will undergo COVID-19 screening before the event.

Children can also drop off their letters to Santa.

Hespeler Santa Claus Parade

Dec. 4


The parade will be on Queen Street from Groh Avenue to Sheffield Street.

Farmers decorate their tractors for the Rockwood Farmers' Santa Claus Parade of Lights. This year, the event will be held Dec. 9. (Rockwood Farmers' Santa Claus Parade of Lights/Facebook)

Rockwood Farmers' Santa Claus Parade of Lights

Thurs. Dec. 9

7 p.m.

This parade is a unique one: it's all farm equipment decked out with holiday lights.

Christmas Tyme in Wellesley

Friday, Dec. 10

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The parade gets underway at 6:45 p.m. leaving Wellesley Public School, turning left on Nafziger Road, left on Maple Leaf and ending at the community centre. The evening will also feature a live nativity near the pond, the Tree of Lights and a holiday market Friday evening and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Drive-thru Santa Visit in Cambridge

Saturday, Dec. 11

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Optimist Club of Cambridge Southwest is hosting this event where Santa will come up each vehicle for a short visit. It will be located at Westside Presbyterian Church, 130 Victoria Ave. in Cambridge.

Sparkles in the Park in Guelph

Dec. 16 to Dec. 31

5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly

There was no Santa Claus parade in Guelph this year. Instead, Santa will be at the end of the Sparkles in the Park route in an enormous snow globe.

St. Clements Christmas Parade

1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18

If we missed a parade, send us an email and we'll add it to this list.