It’s the most wonderful time of year! The lights start going up, the decorations adorn windows and front porches, the trees come out of the boxes they are stored in and children’s eyes light up at the sight of the magic they see before them!
I grew up in a house where Christmas was a magical time. Spending time as a family, visiting our grandparents and having big home cooked family dinners. My memories from those times I will forever cherish especially as the holiday’s roll around and the most important people in my life back then are no longer with us; and I miss them terribly. One thing I always made sure to carry with my children is watching the Parade. But, not just any parade. We’d gather around the tv and watch the Toronto Santa Claus Parade. I knew when that Parade came on Christmas, Holidays and the fun loving spirit I’d always see come out in my mom was upon us.
“Initially started in 1905, The Santa Claus Parade has become a local tradition that is celebrated and enjoyed by Canadians all across the nation and worldwide.”
In 2011 we were lucky that my husband was off on the day the Toronto Santa Claus Parade was on so we got to go down as a family. I didn’t admit it at the time but I had tears in my eyes being so excited to be able to witness the parade in person; FINALLY.
My kids eyes filled with joy, as they sat to watch. They clapped, they cheered, they oohh and awww’d. It was a magical time, and I’m so thankful I was able to experience it in person, and with my own children.
The parade travels a route of 5.6K from Christie’s Pits (Bathurst and Bloor) to the St. Lawrence Market (Front and Jarvis) The parade will also include 2,000 costumed participants and 200 Celebrity Clowns who will be leading the way and providing added joy to the crowd. Check out the parade route below to see where Santa will be going with his friends!