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Toronto Santa Claus Parade

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The Toronto Santa Claus Parade is the largest Santa Claus parade in Canada . Started in 1905, it is one of the largest parades in the world. More than a half million people attend the parade every year.

The Toronto Santa Claus Parade is the largest Santa Claus parade in Canada . Started in 1905, it is one of the largest parades in the world. More than a half million people attend the parade every year.

Features of the Toronto Santa Claus Parade

Started in 1905 by the Eaton’s chain of department stores, with just a single float, the Toronto Santa Clause Parade has expanded to feature over 30 floats, 25 bands and more than 1,500 participants. The parade lasts approximately 90 minutes with the parade starting at 12:30pm and television coverage starting at 1:30pm.

Toronto Santa Clause Parade Route

Many Streets around the downtown core are shut down from morning to afternoon of the day of the parade.

Watching the Toronto Santa Claus Parade

The best spots to watch the Toronto Santa Claus Parade are on Bloor and the top of University, which happens to be the starting area of the parade. Keep in mind that these spots often fill up quite fast.

Getting to the Toronto Santa Claus Parade

There are many ways to get to the Toronto Santa Claus Parade but the best way to get to the parade is by using public transportation. Driving and parking in downtown Toronto is already pretty stressful but it is even worst during parades and special events. There are various bus and subway routes from the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) that pass along the parade route. There are also various options available with the GO Transit Network.

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