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The 109th Toronto Santa Claus Parade
The Toronto Santa Claus Parade is more than just an event where parents take their children to see Santa Claus. Like all Christmas events there is something magical about the parade that makes it appealing not only to families, but to couples as well. Many may see it as a childish event, but if done right it can be a highly romantic venture and a great kick off to the holiday dating season.
When: Sunday November 17 at 12:30 p.m.
Parade Route: Starts at Bloor St. and Christie St. travelling east on Bloor St. to University Ave. then down University Ave. to Wellington St., ending at St. Lawrence Market.
How To Make This Date Romantic
Bring a thermos of hot chocolate or apple cider and some holiday treats such as candy canes. Maybe even spike the hot chocolate with some Bailey’s (but don’t get caught and if you do I didn’t recommend it).
Bring a few foldable chairs, a blanket and cuddle up as you watch the parade pass by.
Bring some holiday cheer. Guys, bring some mistletoe and get a kiss. Maybe go to your local dollar store and buy some reindeer ears or elf hats to wear. May I suggest even donning your ugliest Christmas sweaters!
Bring a pen, paper and envelope so that you can write your letters to Santa and give it to one of his elves as they walk the route. Hopefully they put “All I want for Christmas is you” ;)
Bring a picture or post an instagram of your favourite Santa Claus Parade memory. Every born and raised Toronto kid has come to this event at least once or has seen it on TV. Therefore, this is a great get-to-know-each-other moment. Find out what their favourite float is, why it is their favourite float, their favourite Christmas tradition and maybe some other personal childhood memories.
If you are an active workout couple maybe the 1st annual Holly Jolly Fun Run is for you. Starting at 12:00 p.m. you will have a chance to lead the way for the parade.
This Year’s Parade Highlights
This year will be an interesting parade with giant Smurfs, sparkling reindeers, a Mr. Christie gingerbread house along with a special appearance by One Direction.
History of the Santa Claus Parade
The parade began in 1905 by Timothy Eaton who’s famous and now defunct department store, Eaton’s, was the parades main sponsor for over 70 years – the company pulled out in 1982. What is fascinating about this event is that it has never missed a year and has gone through the Great Depression and both World Wars. Santa always made a stop in Toronto providing hope to not only children, but to their parents as well during some of the country’s most difficult times. During Santa’s first visit to Toronto, the jolly man arrived at Union Station and walked with the Eaton family to their flagship store.
When the parade began the only attraction was Santa. Eventually more floats, bands and footmen were added. At one point in the parade’s history it took place over two days starting in Newmarket and going all the way to Yonge Street in downtown Toronto.
Here are some other interesting facts about the Toronto Santa Claus Parade:
In 1913 Santa’s sleigh was pulled by real reindeer from Labrador (which at the time was not even part of Canada).
In 1917 Mother Goose made her first appearance at the parade.
In 1919 Santa arrived by plane on Eglinton Avenue.
In 1939 costumes were made of paper because of shortages due to the war.
In 1955 it rained on Santa for the first time!
In 2011 Mrs. Claus gets her own float.
Personally I’ve always enjoyed Mother Goose, the Coca-Cola Polar Bears and the clowns who walk on their hands – which at one point I actually believed men were walking on their hands, which in turn inspired me to try and walk on my hands which eventually led to multiple bruises all over my body.
You have all the material you need to turn this family event into a romantic venture for you and your special someone.
That is how to Date on a Budget.