Santa Claus in coming to town! Even though 2020 has thrown a curve into traditional holiday happenings, the jolly Man in Red is determined to make his way to Waterloo Region to spread some holiday joy!
Continue a family holiday tradition, as the usual Santa Claus parades take on a new spin. Here’s where and how you can be part of the fun – and see Santa! – in the coming weeks.
Reverse Santa Claus Parades in Kitchener and Waterloo
After initially announcing the annual KW Santa Claus Parade would have to be cancelled this year, the elves at the Lions Club of Kitchener went back to the drawing board, and came up with an idea to save the parade.
This year, instead of the floats rolling past you, you get to drive past the floats in what’s being dubbed a Reverse Santa Claus Parade! To add to the festive fun, tune into 96.7 CHYM FM where they’ll be playing Christmas music (feel free to sing along!).
Members of the local fire departments and the Food Bank will be on hand to accept toy and food donations, while helpers from Canada Post will be there to collect the kids’ letters for Santa.
Reverse Parades are happening in both Kitchener and Waterloo. Here are the details:
Date: Saturday, November 14th
Time: 10:00 a.m. until noon
Place: Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, North parking lot. Enter at the Ottawa St. parking entrance and onsite volunteers will guide you.
Date: Saturday, November 21st
Time: 10:00 a.m. until noon
Place: Grey Silo Golf Course, parking lot adjacent to RIM Park. Enter off University Avenue at RIM Park and onsite volunteers will direct you.
Watch for the Santa Motorcade in North Dumfries
Decorate your home for Christmas, get cozy on your front porch or front lawn, sip some hot chocolate and wave to Santa as his motorcade comes to town!
On Saturday, November 21st Santa heads out from the North Dumfries Community Complex to make his way through Reidsville, Roseville, Brown’s Subdivision, Branchton and Clyde. Watch for him between 11 am and 2 pm. Check here for route details.
Then, on Saturday, November 28th between 1 and 3 pm, Santa will wind his way through the village of Ayr to spread a little Christmas cheer! To make sure you catch the Santa Motorcade in Ayr, check out the route details here.
Cambridge Santa Claus Parade Memories
While the annual Cambridge Santa Claus parade has been cancelled for 2020, the City of Cambridge wants to celebrate previous parades. They’re asking community members to share their favourite memories of past Santa Claus parades on its Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Share your parade pics from Friday, November 27 until Sunday, December 6 using the hashtag #santaparadememories. Prizes will be awarded for Most Creative and Most Nostalgic photos.
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