Friday, November 19, 2010

Santa Claus is here!!

Santa is making his first stop before Christmas in Ontario!! Saturday evening he will be a part of the Brampton Santa Parade down Main St, and then on Sunday he will be in Toronto as part of the Toronto Santa parade!!!

Here is a write up on the Brampton Parade from the Brampton Board of Trade :)

Join in and celebrate 25 consecutive years of the Brampton Board of Trade Santa Claus Parade!

Date: Saturday, November 20, 2010
Start time: 5:00 pm
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Brampton, ON (Sproule Drive and Main Street North, heading south on Main Street to Elgin Drive)

The Brampton Board of Trade Santa Claus Parade lights up downtown Brampton on Saturday, November 20, 2010. The parade is the largest single day event in Peel Region and Ontario’s grandest nighttime parade.

Giant inflatable floats will help mark the 25th Anniversary of the parade in celebration of the major sponsors: Rotary, the Brampton Downtown Development Corporation and 407 ETR, as well as, the Brampton Board of Trade – event host organization.

This not-to-miss holiday treat features unique floats decorated with thousands of lights, a record number of bands and performing groups, over 200 costumed characters, and, of course, Santa Claus and his elves.

So grab a chair and a thermos of hot chocolate and come enjoy a special evening for all ages. Don’t forget – along the route, letters to Santa will be collected by the Brampton Guardian Elves and non-perishable food items will be collected by the Progress Club for their food drive.
The Toronto Santa Parade:

Toronto tradition for more than 100 years, the Santa Claus Parade returns to put smiles on the faces of families all across the city. The parade has come a long way since it first began in 1905, when Santa first walked down the streets from Union Station to the Eaton Centre, waving to chidren along the way. Today the elaborate celebration consists of more than 25 different-themed floats, 22 bands, 100 celebrity clowns, more than 1,500 volunteers, and the big man himself, Santa.

The parade route starts at Bloor Street West and Christie Street, moves East to Avenue Road, south to Queen's Park, and along University Avenue, east on Dundas to Yonge Street, and continues south to Front Street. From Front Street it turns east and ends at Front and Church streets. For information about where to park, check the official Santa Claus Parade website

Taking place at Yonge Dundas Square as a prelude to the parade is the President's Choice Financial Santa Claus Parade Breakfast, with complimentary breakfast and coffee. The breakfast includes a pre-parade show with jugglers, balloon artists, face painting, and celebrity clowns.

Many of the jugglers and clowns will start their morning with a visit to Sick Kids, Toronto to put a smile on the faces of all those little children.

I'll be going for the Brampton Santa Parade myself with my family. I'll put pictures up next week.

Have a wonderful weekend where ever you are!


Lorne said...

Santa Parade is definitely my favourite parade throughout the year - I can still remeber the exxcitement I felt as child, knowing that Xmas are coming. Anyway, I do not understand why this year's parade route hasn't been modified a little, since considerable reconstruction work is being done on some of the streets on the planned route.

Shyamsundar said...

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