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Santa is Coming to Visit!

Michael Christie

Michael has had the pleasure of calling Guelph home his entire life...

Michael has had the pleasure of calling Guelph home his entire life...

Feb 22 4 minutes read

It may seem a bit early, but the closer to Christmas we get, the busier Santa gets, which means he needs to start his Santa Claus parade appearances now to get them all in.

And since we’re barely a month away from the big day, it’s the perfect time to get into the holiday spirit. There are several parades happening in the area over the next month, starting with Kitchener and Cambridge on Saturday!

Nov. 18: Kitchener

With 14 bands, more than 100 floats and participants, and mail pickup for the North Pole, this parade is not to be missed. Organized by the Lions Club, the parade lasts 1.5 hours and collects both toys and food for the needy.

Start time: 10:30 a.m.
Route: Along Weber Street, starting at Frederick Street and heading north to Erb Street East.

Nov 18: Cambridge

Need more than one parade fix today? Then try the evening event in Cambridge. Lights play a key role in this parade, which is expected to draw 100 entries. Canada Post will also collect mail for the North Pole at this parade and Mrs. Claus makes an appearance as well.

Start time: 6 p.m.
Route: Along Hespeler Road, starting at Dunbar Road to Langs Drive.

Nov. 19: Guelph

Along with the parade, there’s a Santa fun run that takes place just before where runners are dressed as Santa and proceeds go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph. Like other parades, letters for the North Pole will be collected, as will non-perishable food items for the food bank. Following the parade, enjoy milk and cookies with Santa at Old Quebec Street Shoppes.

Start time: 1:30 p.m.
Route: Norfolk Street at Powell Street, south on Norfolk, left on Quebec Street, then right on Wyndham Street North.

Nov. 25: Elora

Another evening parade, the Elora Lions Santa Claus Parade of Lights highlights entries with lights and has a theme this year of Christmas in Toyland.

Start time: 6 p.m.
Route: Downtown Elora on Mill and Metcalfe streets.

Dec. 2: Fergus

Billed as fun for the whole family, the Fergus event will see Santa parade through downtown to celebrate the season.

Start time: 1:30 p.m.
Route: St. Andrew Street West and through the core.

Dec. 14: Rockwood

This parade is the “farmers’ parade”, where tractors are decked out in Christmas lights. Organizers warn this is a popular event, so arrive early to get a spot.

Start time: 7 p.m.
Route: Starts on the Fifth Line (County Road 27 or Main Street in Rockwood) just north of the village limits, then proceeds south to the stoplight, turns west and travels towards Guelph on Highway 7 before it turns north on the Fourth Line of Eramosa.

Bonus: Gift of Lights

Gift of Lights is a family-friendly, two-kilometer, drive-thru holiday light display. Located at Bingemans in Kitchener, it features a light tunnel more than 200 feet long and over 30 lit displays, some of which are animated.

Unlike the parades, there is a charge for this outing (a car with up to eight people is $25 at the gate for example), but it’s a wonderful driving tour treat.

Gift of Lights runs from Nov. 17 to Jan. 6, beginning at 5 p.m.

Get details here.

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