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St. Catharines Santa Claus ParadeCity of St. Catharines Santa Claus Parade  

Date: Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018

Time: 1:00 p.m. (rain, snow or shine)

Please bring a non-perishable food item, hats or mittens for Community Care St. Catharines & Thorold.Kids, Canada Post will be collecting letters for Santa along the parade route.

There is no fee to participate.

Thank you for your interest in participating, but applications have now closed.

Post Party Details

Meridian Centre - Post Party and Free Skate

2 pm - 4 pm - you don't have to skate to enjoy the festivities

  • Visit with Santa - bring your own camera for photos with Santa from 2 pm - 4pm.
  • Kids Crafts

  • Face Painting

  • Pony Rides (outside)

  • Concession booth is open

  • These activities can be found on the concourse level unless otherwise stated. 

Visit the Meridian Centre website for information on directions and parking

Entrance/Exit Point

  • Please use the Rankin Gateway


  • Doors open at 1:30 pm with access to change rooms to lace-up.
  • Everyone 14 years of age and younger must wear a helmet while on the ice.
  • No Equipment on the ice (sticks, pucks, etc...)
  • Only plastic skating aids are permitted
  • The Meridian Centre does not rent out skates or provide helmets

Parade Line-Up Information

Parade Line-up number

  • Please review the Line-Up Map for best access points for lining up
  • Parade registration begins at 11:30 am on Sunday, Nov. 18
  • Access to the line up site is available at McGuire and St. Paul Crescent - only floats or vehicles participating in the parade will be allowed into the line-up area.
  • Participants walking/riding or otherwise involved in the parade can be dropped off at the barricades of McGuire and St. Paul Crescent and enter the line-up area on foot. 
  • Access to the line-up area to drop off participants will not be allowed.
  • One member from your entry needs to check in with the registration team as indicated on the map.
  • Washroom facilities are available on site.
  • The parade begins at 1:00 p.m., rain, snow or shine. 

Accessing the Parade Line-up Area

  • Access is at the corner of McGuire and St. Paul Crescent
  • The barricades will be manned by staff to allow entry.
  • Only vehicles/floats participating on the parade route will have access to this area, with the exception of buses.
  • Buses will have access entry to drop off bands and large groups with available parking close by. 
  • If you are distributing candy or information during the parade please ensure that your team keeps moving and does not slow down the procession. 

Exiting the Parade Route

  • No stopping
  • If you have to stop pull over so others can pass


Parade Route Map 

Parade Route:
  1. Parade begins on McGuire Street behind the Meridian Centre
  2. Travels along McGuire Street, left on Carlisle Street
  3. Travels along Carlisle Street, left on St. Paul Street 
  4. Travels down St. Paul Street to Queen Street 
  5. Ends at Queen Street. 

Click the map for an enlarged version


 Santa Claus Parade Route Map



Special Thanks to:

  • The Downtown Association
  • Bell Media
  • Meridian Centre
  • YourTV Niagara
  • St. Catharines Standard


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