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[ON] Experience A Jolly Christmas at the Santa Claus Parade

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Hundreds of Santa Clauses, Dancers, Clowns, and more are coming back to Ontario on November 17th. The beloved Santa Claus parade has been running since 1913, making it a long-lasting tradition of Toronto. So, if you are a fan of Christmas traditions and outdoor activities you happen to be in Toronto on the 17th then you must not miss this joyous annual parade.

General Information

The infamous Santa Claus Parde is without a doubt one of the most historic and adorable Holiday traditions of Toronto. The parade will start at the Parliament and Bloor and proceeds along the city’s streets, ending at St. Lawrence Market. Just imagine lots of cheerful Santa Clauses walk alongside many animated floats, bands, elves and clowns. As a spectator, it’s recommended you wear a Rudolph red nose. This gesture is a symbol of supporting the parade and it apparently helps Santa make his way there! Due to the popularity of the event, you may want to get there a bit early for a good parking spot. The list of potential parking areas can be found here.

Parade’s Starting Address: Parliament St & Bloor St E

Celebrity Clowns

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One of the unique parts of Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade is the presence of celebrity clowns! The addition of celebrity clowns started in 1982 when organizers Ron Barbaro and Norman Jewison wore make-up and clown costumes to the Parade. Since then, the number of celebrity clowns has increased dramatically. In fact, there are now over 150 celebrity clowns attending every year! All walking around and entertaining the crowd with their big bright smiles and corky ways. Unfortunately, this year’s registration deadline is closed. Yet if you are interested in being a celebrity clown, you can sign up as one for next year on the parade’s website. Celebrity clowns will be provided with 4 VIP guest passes, photo memory books, breakfast, professional makeup, and clown costumes. An adult celebrity clown passe cost $1200 and $550 for juniors of 10-18 years old.

The Holly Jolly Fun Run

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Online registration for the Holly Jolly Fun Run ends tomorrow at 5pm! 👟See the below details for Kit Pick Up which is on Friday and Saturday of this week 📅 • • -Friday, November 16th 10:00am-6:00pm -Saturday, November 17th 10:00am-3:00pm -Scotiabank Arena Galleria (Outside Gate 1) Directions from Union Station: – Go South on Bay St. – Once past the underpass turn right and enter through the Scotia Bank Arena doors – Registration tables will be located beside Gate 1 • • • #santaclausparadeTO #santaclausparade #parade #seasonsgreetings #christmas #holiday #holidays #christmasseason #holidayseason #seasonsgiving #november18 #markyourcalendar #toronto #TO #santa #elves #santaclaus #GTA #hollyjollyfunrun #5k #marathon

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If you are a runner and want to support the parade, Holly Jolly Fun Run is perfect for you.  This 5k long run starts 45 minutes before the parade and goes along the Parade’s path so you won’t be missing any of the fun. Moreover, your registration money for the run will directly help maintain the Santa Claus Parade for many more years to come. What makes the run even better is the silly Christmas dress code of the runners and the spectators constant cheering.

Registration fees: $55 – 75

More info: Holly Jolly Fun Run

Overall the Toronto Santa Claus Parade is a must-visit holiday tradition. Due to its popularity, visitors of the parade must consider parking and watching area spots ahead of time as it tends to fill up pretty quick. Additionally, it is recommended to take the transit to the parade as you won’t have to worry about parking. What’s more, the parade’s holiday spirit and endless activities make a perfect event for families.

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