One of the joys of parenting is seeing your children’s excitement at the prospect of Christmas, and nothing starts the season off like a good Santa Claus parade. While you’re having a Blue Mountain weekend away, there are many local Santa Claus parades to choose from.
November 20th – Owen Sound
The Annual Kiwanis Santa Claus Parade in Owen Sound runs the Saturday morning following the opening of the Festival of Northern Lights. It runs about an hour starting at 10am next to the Best Western Inn On the Bay and proceeds through the downtown core. There are over 100 floats with Santa himself bringing up the rear on his very own reindeer float!
November 26th – Paisley
Paisley was the first town in Grey-Bruce to have a night parade to take advantage of sparkling lights and festive floats. This small-town parade starts at 7 p.m. and has a very friendly feel with over 25 floats, live bands and treats for the kids. After the parade there is free skating at the arena and a chance for kids to visit with the jolly man himself!
November 27th – Wasaga Beach
The Wasaga Beach parade starts at 2:00 p.m. It proceeds down 22nd Street and turns right onto Mosley Street to the Wasaga RecPlex Community Centre. Following the parade is Santa’s Reception at the Centre with treats, visits with the man himself and the awards recognizing the Best Floats and the Bicycle-Decorating Contest. For more information or to register your float call the Chamber Office at 705-429-2247.
November 27th – Parry Sound
The Parry Sound parade starts at 4:30 pm. on Gibson Street. It will turn left onto Isabella, turning left onto Church Street, left onto Rosetta Street, right onto James Street and continue to Bay Street, ending at the Charles W. Stockey Centre.
November 27th – Port Elgin
This evening parade starts at 7 p.m. and runs along Goderich Street until approximately 9 p.m. Organizers will be collecting canned food for the food bank.
December 3rd – Southampton
The Southampton Santa Claus parade is another evening parade, starting at 7 p.m. The parade runs along High Street. Canned food is being collected along the route for the food bank.
December 4th – Creemore
Have a full day with Santa starting with Breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. at the Nottawasaga/Creemore Public School. The Creemore Santa Clause Parade starts at 1:30 p.m. along Mill Street. After the Parade, have a chance to meet Santa at the Station on the Green from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
December 4th – Meaford
The annual Meaford parade starts at 6:30 p.m. at Olivet Baptist Church and proceeds down Sykes Street past the Town Hall. Expect an array of creative floats, and of course, Santa Claus, who greets excited children with merriment and candy bags.
December 5th – Downtown Collingwood
Running from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on main street (Hurontario Street), this year’s theme is “A Fairytale Christmas”. The parade will feature floats and music from favourite fairy tales, stories and fables.
December 11th – Thornbury
More than just a parade, Thornbury’s Olde Fashioned Christmas is a full-day event running from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Look for Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Elves, and Scrooge. There are also ice sculptures, wagon rides, live Reindeer and a petting zoo.