The Burlington Santa Claus Parade is Coming to Town

Santa Claus is coming to town.

Well, the City of Burlington.

Santa Claus will be in the city for the 53rd Burlington Santa Claus Parade.

The parade this year is taking place on Dec. 2, starting at 2 p.m., and will include 86 entries featuring community floats, costumed characters, marching bands, and, of course, Santa Claus.

The parade will include crowd favourites, such as the Burlington Teen Tour Band, the Junior Redcoats, Top Hat Marching Orchestra and the Halton Regional Police Service Pipes and Drums.

The parade will start at the corner of Guelph Line and Prospect Street and make its way downtown along New Street.

The parade will then move north on Brant Street and finish at Caroline Street.

Children are encouraged to bring letters for Santa that will be collected by letter carriers from Canada Post along the parade route.

Spectators are welcome to bring non-perishable food donations, which will be accepted by the Burlington Teen Tour Band boosters and the Gift of Giving Back.

Spectators can also help choose the People's Choice Award for the best parade float. Voting will begin online after the parade at burlington.ca/parade. All entries will be entered in to a draw for a chance to win a prize.

In addition, the Burlington Oldtimers Hockey Club will be collecting loonies and toonies to help support the cost of the parade.

"The Santa Claus Parade is a great way to kick-off the festive season and have fun with your family and neighbours," Chris Glenn, director of Parks and Recreation, said in a recent press release.

"The parade also supports our caring community by providing an easy opportunity to donate to the Gift of Giving Back and Burlington's food-banks, to take care of those who need a little extra help this winter."

The Burlington Santa Claus Parade is an event you won't want to miss. A lot of work goes into this parade which does not go unnoticed.

"I love my annual parades and seeing all the boys and girls smiling and waving," Santa Claus said in a recent press release

"I hope everyone keeps up the good work. Thank you to the parade organizing committee and of course to Mrs. Claus, my elves and my reindeer for getting me there."

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 burlington.ca/parade.

This year's gold sponsors are BUNZL and Voortman Bakery Limited.

For more information about the parade, visit burlington.ca/parade or contact 905-335-7600, ext.7422.

Road closures will be announced closer to the date.

Will you be attending the Burlington Santa Claus Parade?

The parade map and photo is courtesy of the City of Burlington.

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