Burlington Santa Claus Parade comes to town December 4

You better be nice, you better not fight because the 51st annual Burlington Santa Claus Parade will be coming to downtown Burlington on Sunday, December 4.

The parade features community floats, marching bands and costumed characters will start at 2 p.m. at the corner of Guelph Line and Prospect Street and make its way downtown along New Street.

The parade then travels north on Brant Street and finishes at Caroline Street.

“We are very excited to have Santa back in Burlington for this annual family tradition,” said Chris Glenn, the city’s director of Parks and Recreation. “We know that thousands of people from across Burlington and beyond look forward to the parade to mark the start of the holiday season.”

This year’s parade will feature 85 entries, including floats, mascots and 15 bands. The parade will include traditional favourites such as the Burlington Teen Tour Band, the Junior Redcoats, Top Hat Marching Orchestra and the Halton Regional Police Pipe Band.

Children are encouraged to bring letters for Santa, which will be collected by letter carriers from Canada Post along the parade route. Spectators may bring non-perishable food donations, which will be accepted by the Teen Tour Band boosters for the Partnership West Food Bank. The Burlington Oldtimers Hockey Club will be collecting loonies and toonies to help support the operational costs of the parade.

Many local businesses have contributed donations, flatbed trucks, float entries and sponsorship funding to this year’s parade. For a complete list of sponsors, visit: www.burlington.ca/parade. This year’s gold sponsors are BUNZL and Tim Hortons.

Spectators will have the chance to help name the People’s Choice Award for best parade float. Voting will begin online after the parade at www.burlington.ca/parade. All entries will be entered in a draw for a chance to win a Tim Hortons gift certificate.

For more information, please visit www.burlington.ca/parade or contact 905-335-7766.