Several Santa Claus parades are taking place this year, so this is your chance to see Santa and his reindeer in person before they return to the North Pole. Bundle up the kids and stake out your favourite spot along the parade route. Whether you’re attending or not, watch out for road closures and traffic interruptions along the parade routes.
- Help Santa Toy Parade Ottawa, Saturday, November 19, 11 am
- Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade, Sunday, November 20, 5 pm
- Riverside South Community Association Toy Mountain Parade, Saturday, November 26, 11 am
- Orléans Santa’s Parade of Lights, Saturday, November 26, 6 pm
- Osgoode Santa Parade of Lights, Friday, December 2, 7 pm
- Manotick Kiwanis Santa Claus Parade, Friday, December 2, 7 pm
- Constance & Buckhams Bay Santa Claus Parade, Saturday, December 3, 1 pm
- Stittsville Parade of Lights, Saturday, December 3, 6 pm
- Huntley Community Association Santa Claus Parade, Saturday, December 10, 6 pm
- Metcalfe Community Association Santa Parade, Sunday, December 11, 2 pm
Please note: this list is updated on an ongoing basis. Be sure to check back regularly to see where Santa will be stopping next!
If you’re looking for other holiday activities to put you in the festive spirit, consider one or more of these activities:
- Magic of Lights, Wesley Clover Park Campground, 411 Corkstown Road, November 18 to January 7
- Billings Estate’s traditional Christmas tea. Enjoy takeaway tea in the comfort of your home. Available to order with pickups on Saturdays and Sundays from December 10 through 18 between 10 am and 3 pm. Includes admission to the museum to enjoy the festive decorations.
- Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, Vintage Village of Lights. Take in more than 30,000 lights illuminating heritage and true-to-era buildings. Operating from 3 to 9 pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from December 2 to 18. Advance registration is required.
- Ottawa Christmas Market, Aberdeen Square at Lansdowne, November 25 to December 23
- Christmas Lights across Canada, Parliament Hill, December 8 to January 8
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