Edited to add: Click this link for the 2014 Santa Claus and holiday parade info!
Confession: I love a good Santa Claus parade. I’m sure I could count on one hand the number of years that have passed in the last 15 or 20 years that I haven’t gone to a Santa Claus parade, sometimes even by myself, and only really pathetic weather will make me miss one now that I have the boys to
But, I found it surprisingly hard to find information about the various Christmas parades in and around Ottawa. Hopefully, my research will help you find the parade near you. (I originally compiled this information for my squidoo lens, Fun for Families in Ottawa, Canada.)
Help Santa Toy Parade Saturday November 18, 2006. The parade leaves City Hall on Elgin Street at 11:00am, heads West along Laurier to Bank Street, and then down Bank Street to Lansdowne Park.
Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade Saturday November 18, 6 pm. This is the first time this neighbourhood parade will be held in the evening. Parade starts at Loeb on Woodroffe Ave and follows Strandherd Dr to Ross’ Your Independent Grocer where there will be free post-parade entertainment, food & refreshments.
Kanata Santa Claus Parade Saturday November 18, 2006. The parade will start at 10:00 am from the corner of TerryFox and Castlefrank Road, proceed up Castlefrank and turning on to Abbyhill Drive and ending at the Hazeldean Mall. Suggested viewing spots along the route with parking, The Lion Dick Brule Community Centre, 170 Castlefrank Drive, The Jack Charron Arena, The Hazeldean Library (walk over to Abbyhill), AY Jackson High School, Glen Cairn United Church, and The Hazeldean Mall.
Santa’s Parade of Lights, Saturday November 25 at 6 pm. St-Joseph Blvd. in Orleans from Youville Dr. to Prestone Dr.
Gatineau Santa Claus Parade Gatineau’s annual Santa Claus Parade takes place on November 24 along Principale Street in the city’s Aylmer Sector. Spectators can start the holiday season by seeing Santa and a variety of floats that light up the evening. Festivities begin at the marina at 7pm.
Perth Santa Claus Parade The parade takes place on Dec 2nd, 2006 and begins at 5 pm. (Sorry, I couldn’t find the location on this one, but I’m guessing if you know Perth, you know where to go!)
Richmond Santa Claus Parade Saturday December 2 at 11 am. That same evening, come out for the lighting of the park and enjoy and evening of carol singing, friends and some hot chocolate at Memorial Park.
Pakenham Santa Claus Parade Saturday, December 2, 2 pm. On the main street in Pakenham, an afternoon of Christmas excitement as Santa Claus pays a visit. Immediately following the parage, there will be a public skate with Santa at the Stewart Community Centre with hotdogs and hot chocolate for everyone.
Carleton Place Santa Claus Parade – A Story Book Christmas Saturday November 25. The parade starts at 5 p.m. and run down Bridge St. through Lansdowne Ave. ending at Coleman St.
Almonte Santa Claus Parade Sunday December 3, 2 pm. Join everyone on Bridge/Martin/Ottawa Streets in Almonte for an afternoon of Christmas excitement as Santa Claus pays a visit. Also see the Light Up The Night festival on December 1!
For more family fun in the capital, also check out:
Upper Canada Village – Alight at Night Bundle up for an evening stroll around the this gorgeous 1860s-era village, and see heritage buildings all magically lit, with over 200,000 lights – a true winter wonderland! Open every night (5 pm to 9 pm) November 30 through January 6. For an additional fee, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, or ride on an illuminated toy train!
Festival of Lights At the Canadian Children’s Museum in the Museum of Civilization. November 25-26 and December 2-3.
Christmas Lights Across Canada Every night from December 7, 2006, to January 7, 2007, Canada’s Capital comes alive as more than 300,000 dazzling Christmas lights illuminate over 70 landmarks along Confederation Boulevard in the heart of Ottawa-Gatineau. The official illumination ceremony will be December 7 at 6 pm on Parliament Hill.
Canadian Pacific Rail Holiday Train Saturday December 2, see the CPR Holiday Train as it passes through Almonte, Carleton Place and Smiths Falls.
The big question? Whether to trundle ourselves downtown for the big parade this Saturday afternoon, or stick close to home for the much more low-key but much more convenient (first ever) evening parade of lights just a few blocks away. Personally, I’m leaning toward doing both!
(Edited to add: Thanks to Myra and Chantal for the tips and info! See the comment box below for even more details. If you have any other holiday events to share, please feel free to use the comment box, or send me an e-mail at danicanada(at)gmail(dot)com.)