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Santa Claus is Coming to Town – The 111th Toronto Santa Claus Parade is Coming! #SantaTO #MyCanvas

santa-parade-1024x231It’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.

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santaMy 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!

sanataparademapWant to see what makes this Parade so special? Take a look below.

This year, the parade will be displaying not only a Harry Potter themed float but will also include American League East division champions Toronto Blue Jays, the upcoming Disney-Pixar motion picture The Good Dinosaur, childhood favourite Thomas the Tank Engine, and Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. If your child is a fan of Super Mario, then why not Get All Super Nintendo Games online from a site like Gamulator? Then you can all play a Mario game while waiting for the start of the parade. Three floats from Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment also return this year with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Raptors, and the Toronto FC taking part in the celebration.

Be sure to follow the news about Santa Claus Parade on social media with the hashtag #TOSanta!
santaTOCanadian Tire is a proud sponsor of the event. They will be hosting Mrs. Clause on the second last float of parade!
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To find out more about the parade, visit the website http://www.thesantaclausparade.ca

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