The Best Santa Claus and Holiday Parades are North of Toronto

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Santa Claus Parades, Tree Lighting Ceremonies & Other Kids Holiday Events North of Toronto

Make the holidays more special by attending a number of great events happening in communities, towns and cities only a short drive north of Toronto. 

Remember to bring the kids’ letters to Santa to the parades, Canada Post elves will be collecting them.

Featured Events by area


Annual Sugar Plum Fair – November 15 & 16
Nottawasaga Inn Resort
Visit the Nottawasaga Resort for the 31st Annual Sugar Plum Fair Craft Show & Sale, Saturday November 15th and Sunday November 16th and discover a spectacular line-up of crafters who feature a unique line-up of handmade items.

Blue Mountains

Jingles & Joy – December 1 – 31
Blue Mountain Village
Tis the time for Jingles & Joy in Ontario’s largest Village. Join Blue Mountain Village throughout December for family Joy! As they celebrate with free family fireworks display every Saturday in December at 8pm plus visits from Santa weekends 1-4pm, Horse & Wagon rides weekends 1-3pm and strolling carollers creating a festive shopping atmosphere weekend afternoons and some evenings. All month long! Christmas Eve fireworks also at 8pm and 40 restaurants and shops open daily 365 days a year.


Annual Tree Lighting – Thursday, November 27
Beside the Midland Public Library

Annual Santa Claus Parade – Saturday, November 29
King Street, Downtown Midland

First Light – November 27-29
Sainte Marie Among the Hurons
Now in its 15th year, Sainte-Marie’s “First Light” is a must-see event with a great line-up of family activities and performers, all amidst the spectacular glow of over 5,000 candles.

Haliburton Highlands

Santa Claus Parade – Friday, November 21
Haliburton Village, The Haliburton Village BIA and the Haliburton Lions Club are pleased to present a wonderful evening parade! Back this year: the Kawartha Kavaliers, the Kawartha Drum and Bugle Band and the Silver Flutes!

Gravenhurst Christmas Farmers’ Market – Saturday, December 6
Gravenhurst Legion – Perfect gifts for all your christmas shopping. Free Admission but a donation for the local food bank is appreciated.

Ontario’s Lake Country

Christmas in Craighurst – Friday, November 21
Bring the entire family along to get your picture taken with Santa and enjoy special discounts, offers, treats, and tours at local businesses.

Children’s Candlelight Parade & Tree Lighting – Friday, November 21
Hundreds of children, led by the Town Crier, carry glow lights and carol through Downtown Orillia to turn on the giant Opera House Christmas tree and light the way for Santa!

Orillia Santa Claus Parade – Sunday, November 23
One of the largest Christmas parades north of Toronto! Over 100 floats, bands and Santa himself!


Annual Festival of Trees – December 4 – 7
Location: Tweed Hungerford Agricultural Building, 617 Louisa St., Tweed

Annual Santa Claus Parade – Saturday, December 6

For more holiday related fun activites or getaways visit –

November Getaways
December Getaways
Christmas & New Year’s Getaways
More Santa Claus Parades
More Craft Shows & Bazaars

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