The season is coming, and while we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, there are some entertainments of the season that are coming up for families to enjoy. There are a few Santa Claus Parades taking place this weekend, from Kitchener-Waterloo to Niagara Falls, we’ve put together the list of when and where and what roads will be closed to help you navigate your way to or around them.
Starting things off on Saturday, November 16th at 10:30 a.m. in Kitchener-Waterloo for the KW Santa Claus Parade that begins at Frederick Street heading north on Weber Street before ending at Erb Street East. This one and a half hour parade, which brings much excitement and joy to not only the young but the adults, has grown in the number of participants and those who straddle the route to watch the event.
Find out more about the Parade on their website.
Then, also on Saturday, at 11 a.m. it’s down to the falls for the Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade, which will feature 12 amazing marching bands, lots of colourful floats, great mascots, dazzling entertainers, local high schools with their fabulous floats, community groups, and our Grand Finale – Santa Claus! The Parade will kick off, at 11:00 am sharp, from Victoria Avenue at Armoury Street, and travel north along Victoria to Valley Way, turn right (east) onto Queen Street, and end just past City Hall at Queen and Erie.
Immediately after the Parade, join Santa and Mrs. Claus at Niagara Falls City in a giant 30′ igloo for a Meet & Greet and FREE face painting and caricatures. Find out more on their website.
Then, still on Saturday, at 4:30 p.m. it’s the Hamilton Santa Claus Parade which starts on Barton St W & Bay St N, then turns South on Bay St N to York Blvd, and East on York Blvd to James St N, before heading North on James St N to finish at James St N and Barton St W.
They encourage you to bring non-perishable food items to donate along the parade route. Find out more on their website.
And wrapping up Saturday’s Parades, at 6 p.m., is the Cambridge Santa Claus Parade which will go along Hespeler Road, starting at Dunbar Road and ending at Langs Drive. They hope this parade will provide the community and citizens of Cambridge with the best Christmas parade possible and to put a smile on each and every person’s face with the meaning of peace, joy and happiness at this special time of year.
They’re inviting children to bring their letters to Santa to the parade for collection, and you can find out more on their website.
And then on Sunday, November 17th, the Guelph Community Santa Parade And Santa Run will take place at 1 p.m. At 1 p.m. runners will don a red and white Santa suit and run 3 KM on the parade route. All proceeds from the run will support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph. Registration stays open until the big race day. So set up early, grab a hot beverage from a Downtown business, cheer on the runners and enjoy the show!
Be ready at 1:15 p.m. with those letters to Santa and non-perishable items as Canada Post and the Guelph Food Bank will kick off the show. The holiday fun begins at 1.30 p.m. from Woolwich Street at Powell Street, ending on Wyndham Street at the railway bridge. Find more about the parade on their website.
Enjoy the parade if you choose to go out to them this weekend, or at least be aware of what their routes are if you plan not to, so you can avoid the traffic and road closures. Remember most parades accept food donations, and it’s going to still be cool so dress accordingly.