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and a Happy New Year!

More than half a million people line the streets of Toronto each year to watch the Santa Claus Parade. Around 1,500 volunteers are expected to march in the Toronto Santa Claus Parade this year. Parade participants range in age from 8 to 80 years old.

The Toronto Santa Claus Parade is the world's longest running children's parade. This year (2006) marks the parade's 100th anniversary. The Parade takes place in downtown Toronto.

It is an annual event that marks Santa's first appearance of the year, and unofficially launches the holiday season. More than half a million people line the streets of Toronto downtown to watch the parade on a Sunday afternoon in November.

Today the Santa Claus Parade is almost six kilometers long with more than 25 floats on themes ranging from Harry Potter to Hockey Night in Canada. There are more than 20 musical bands and around 1,500 costumed volunteer participants ranging in age from eight to 80.

To celebrate 100 years, this year's Parade will include a giant Mother Goose float modeled after a float design from 1959, as well as a series of hand-pulled floats that harken back to the early 20th century. There will be more bands, elaborate costumes and a more impressive Santa Claus float than ever before.

Date & Time of the Toronto Santa Claus Parade
The 2006 Santa Claus Parade will begin at 12:30 pm EST on Sunday, November 19th, 2006

Best View of the Toronto Santa Claus Parade
It is possible to see the parade anywhere along the route described above. It is important to arrive at your chosen location early in order to establish a good viewing location.

The Parade usually starts from Christie and Bloor streets
For the exact map please click here: Toronto Maps

Toronto Parking

There is no parking along the streets that comprise the Parade route. However, there are public parking lots near the Parade route, and many office buildings open their underground parking to Parade spectators. For Toronto Parking lot information, please click here:

TTC Toronto Transit

There are numerous TTC stops along the Parade route, including Christie, Bathurst, Spadina, St. George, Museum, Queen’s Park, St. Patrick, Osgoode, Queen, and King Stations.
For info:

Wheelchair Accessible area for the Toronto Santa Claus Parade There is a small park located on Front Street, directly across from the Hummingbird Centre, that is designated for wheelchairs and provides a great view of the Parade.

Sponsors of the Toronto Santa Claus Parade A&P Dominion, NeoCitran, Cadillac Fairview, Paramount Canada's Wonderland, Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd., Pizza Pizza, 98.1 CHFI, RBC Financial Group, Coca-Cola Ltd., Scholastic, Chev Olds Dealers of Ontario, Sears Canada Inc., HIT Entertainment-Bob the Builder, Shoppers Drug Mart, Kraft Canada Inc., The Bay, Lipton, Toys R Us, Mattel, The Walt Disney Co. (Canada) Ltd., Wal-Mart Canada, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

For complete and upto-date information on the Toronto Santa Claus Parade please call 416-249-7833 or visit

For the Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund, please click here:

Santa's Cold weather tips for the parade and the Holiday season
Hypothermia and frostbite can be avoided during the Santa Claus Parade by following these Guidelines

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