Every year, usually in the last weekend of November, Local children and visitors alike line the streets of downtown Niagara Falls to catch a glimpse of that famous jolly man, Santa Claus.
The Annual Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade is generally about an hour in length and like most other Santa parades, includes entries such as local school marching bands, businesses and merchants from the area and many various and colourful floats. Other entries usually also include civil servants such as firefighters, police services and even members from Canada Post who collect children’s letters to Santa to be sent to the North Pole.
Project S.H.A.R.E also takes part in the parade and accepts food donations from people lining the parade route.Each parade also includes a new Grand Marshall each year and of course also includes the big man himself at the end.
The Santa Claus Parade route usually entails starting from Victoria Avenue at Armoury Street, travels north along Victoria Ave. to Valley Way, going right or east onto Valley Way and then right or east onto Queen Street. The Parade finally ends at Erie Avenue near City Hall where the Post Santa parade celebrations continue.
Celebrations include refreshments and snacks, Youth Art Contest Awards and a meet and greet with Santa himself.
The Parade is a great success and grows every year with more and more people coming by to enjoy the celebrations. If you and the family are in Niagara Falls during a weekend late in November you may want to see if the parade so happens to fall on a day you are here. The kids are going to love it!
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