Ottawa

Santa Claus parades in and around Ottawa

Over a month before Santa Claus flies around the world delivering gifts, the jolly man in red is coming to town to help collect toys for kids in need.

Parade season kicks off with Ottawa's 48th annual Help Santa Toy Parade on Saturday

Santa Claus waves to children in downtown Ottawa at last year's Help Santa Toy Parade on Nov. 19, 2016. (Reno Patry/CBC)

More than a month before Santa Claus flies around the world delivering gifts, the jolly man in red is coming to town to help collect toys for kids in need. 

Ottawa's 48th annual Help Santa Toy Parade, organized by the Ottawa Professional Firefighters' Association, starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18. Every year, firefighters collect new toys and cash along the parade route to donate to children in the Ottawa area.

The parade starts at Ottawa City Hall and heads down Laurier Street West toward Bank Street, then down Bank Street to TD Place. 

Below is a list of other Santa Claus parades in and around the Ottawa area.


Prescott

  • Friday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m.
  • Route: parade starts at 1000 Edwards Street N. For more information, visit prescott.ca

Barrhaven

  • Saturday, Nov. 18, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Route: Parade begins at Beatrice Drive and ends at the corner of Strandherd Drive and the park-and-ride. 

Kemptville

  • Saturday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m.
  • Route: Parade starts at Holy Cross and will follow along Clothier Street W. to Prescott Street to the Kemptville College. 

Cornwall

  • Saturday, Nov. 18, at 5 p.m.
  • Route: Parade starts at St. Lawrence Secondary School on Second Street E. and heads west until Augustus Street, then turns south. Cornwall Transit buses will be waiting to shuttle people to the Cornwall Civic Complex for the awards ceremony. 

Kanata

  • Sunday, Nov. 19, at 1:30 p.m.
  • Route: Parade starts at Terry Fox and Castlefrank, along Castlefrank to Abbeyhill to the Hazeldean Mall. 

Petawawa

  • Sunday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m.
  • Route: Parade starts at the Petawawa Plaza along Mohns to Herman, then Herman to Murphy Road, finishing at Civic Centre. 

Arnprior

  • Saturday, Nov. 25, at 6 p.m.
  • Route: Parade starts at Winners Circle Drive and goes along Daniel Street to Edey Street, then turns right on John Street through the downtown before making a right on Madawaska Boulevard. 

Brockville

  • Saturday, Nov. 25, at 5 p.m.
  • ​Route: Parade starts at North Augusta and Pearl Street, heading west on Pearl, then south on Park Street to King Street to Gilmore Street. 

Orléans

  • Saturday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m.
  • Route: Parade starts at St. Joseph Boulevard between Youville Drive and Prestone Drive. 

Manotick

  • Saturday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m.
  • Route: Parade starts on Manotick Main Street. 

Perth

  • Saturday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m.
  • Route: Parade starts south through town from Wilson to Gore, turning onto Cockburn Street and ending at Queen Elizabeth School. 

Aylmer, Que.

  • Saturday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m.
  • Route:  Parade starts on rue Principale in Aylmer and heads down to boulevard Wilfrid-Lavigne and then turns (and ends) on rue Leguerrier.

Stittsville

  • Saurday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m.
  • Route: Parade starts south on Stittsville Main Street south of Hazeldean Road to Carleton Cathcart Street. 

Carp

  • Saturday, Dec. 9, at 12 p.m.
  • Route: Parade starts at the Diefenbunker and follows Carp Road to Juanita Street to Langstaff Drive turning right on Donald B. Munro Drive to Carp Road finishing at the Diefenbunker. 

​Killaloe

  • Saturday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m.
  • Route: Parade starts behind Mike's Tire on Lions Lane and ends at the Lions Hall. 

Did we miss your parade?  Send us an email and we will add it to our list.

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