GO to All the Toronto Area Parades in 2022

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Do you love a parade as much as we do? The music, the costumes, the feeling of community spirit — there’s nothing like a parade to make you feel like celebrating! Parades are also one of the best free things to do in Toronto, and who doesn’t love free fun? Luckily, there are several parades throughout the year in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, so you never have to wait too long for more music, costumes, and fantastic floats! Coming up next, The Toronto Santa Claus Parade, Niagara Santa Claus Parade and many others within the Greater Golden Horseshoe!

Santa Claus Parades 2022

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Experience that special holiday magic that happens when Santa Claus comes to town! Nothing kicks off the holiday season like seeing Jolly Old Saint Nick, himself. A tradition for many families, watching a Santa Claus parade is a truly perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Marching bands, winter-themed floats, and sleigh pulled by reindeer — it’s everything you could ask for in a holiday event. Bring the kids and watch their eyes sparkle with delight when they hear that famous “Ho! Ho! Ho!”. Santa makes the rounds to several cities in the GGH and whichever holiday parade you choose, GO can get you there!  

Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade 2022

If you can’t wait to get started on the holiday season, plan a day trip to Niagara Falls, Ontario on November 12! This year’s Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade includes appearances from The Grinch, Olaf, Mickey, Goofy, Minions, Mario, and — of course — Santa. The parade ends with a tree lighting ceremony at city hall and the official opening of the Niagara Falls Christmas Market, so you can get a start on your holiday shopping! Our year-round weekend train service to Niagara Falls makes it easy to take the family on a perfect holiday-themed outing. 

  • When: Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. The parade ends at 5:45 p.m. with a tree lighting ceremony
  • Where: The parade will begin at Victoria Ave and Armoury Street and travel to Valley Way, turn right on Queen Street, and end at city hall.
  • Get There With GO: Take the Lakeshore West line to Niagara Falls GO Station. GO trains depart at Union Station and stop at Exhibition, Port Credit, Oakville, Burlington, Aldershot, and Niagara Falls. GO/WEGO Combo Tickets include round-trip GO travel from Union Station to Niagara Falls, plus hop-on hop-off access to the local WEGO bus service.

Kitchener Waterloo Santa Claus Parade 2022

Celebrate the season of giving at the KW Santa Claus Parade by donating to the Food Bank of Waterloo and bringing new, unwrapped toys for the Knights of Columbus’ Toy Drive. Enjoy the traditional Santa Run before the parade, and don’t forget to bring your letters to Santa for Canada Post to deliver to the North Pole!

  • When: Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. The Santa Run begins at 9:45 a.m.
  • Where: Along Weber Street, from Frederick Street to Erb Street
  • Get There With GO: Take the GO bus to Kitchener GO Station. When you exit the station, you’ll be right on the parade route so just grab a hot beverage and claim your spot!

Oakville Santa Claus Parade 2022

Dress in your favourite holiday attire and head to the Oakville Santa Claus Parade on November 19. This year’s theme is Christmas Around the World, and the parade will recognize traditions from all cultures and countries!

  • When: Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Where: Downtown Oakville
  • Get There With GO: Take the Lakeshore West line to Oakville GO Station and then hop on the FREE Santa Shuttle that will take you from the GO Station right to the parade! The Santa Shuttle will run every 5 min from Oakville GO Station beginning at 8 a.m. The last return Santa Shuttle will depart downtown Oakville at 11:30 a.m.

The Santa Claus Parade 2022 in Toronto

Don’t miss the parade that’s been a part of Toronto’s holiday season since 1905! At the Original Santa Claus Parade, you’ll see spectacular floats, amazing marching bands, the Celebrity Clowns, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. You can also cheer on the runners in the Holly Jolly Fun Run that takes place before the parade, and begins just west of Bathurst St., then follows the same route as the parade but ends at Maple Leaf Square. Bring plenty of hot cocoa to stay warm while you enjoy this beloved holiday event! 

  • When: Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. Holly Jolly Fun Run begins at 11:45 a.m.
  • Where: The parade begins at Christie Pits and travels east on Bloor St, turns right on Avenue Road and continues down Queen’s Park/University Ave, and then left on Front St, ending at St. Lawrence Market.
  • Get There With GO: Travel by GO train or bus to Union Station. You can watch the parade from right outside Union Station, or walk or use TTC to get to your preferred parade viewing location!

We've also added additional train service on the Milton and Kitchener Train lines to help get you to and from the parade! Be sure to check your schedules ahead of time! Read more about the 2022 event here and plan your GO trip now.

Markham Santa Claus Parade 2022

You’ll see more than 100 floats and marching bands — and Santa himself — at the Markham Santa Claus Parade. It’s a day of community fun, and the whole family will love watching this magical start to the festive season.

  • When: Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Where: Main Street Markham
  • Get There With GO: Take the GO bus to Mount Joy GO Station and walk on Main St. towards 16th ave. 

Etobicoke Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade 2022

This smaller Toronto Santa Claus parade is big on community spirit! Get comfy with a warm blanket and a hot drink while you watch Santa and his elves parade along the Lakeshore. Keep checking the website for all the details of this year’s parade.

  • When: Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Where: Lakeshore Blvd West in Etobicoke (keep checking the event website for the parade route)
  • Get There With GO: Take the Lakeshore West line to Long Branch GO Station. Walk east along Lakeshore Blvd West until you find a good spot to watch the parade!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Catch a bit of the luck o’ the Irish at the St. Patrick’s Parade Toronto! GO Transit is the easy way to get to the end of the rainbow (otherwise known as downtown Toronto), and for much less than a pot of gold. You’ll love the toe-tapping beat of Celtic music and the sea of shamrocks as Toronto celebrates all things Irish. You’ll even see us there because — hey, we look good in green!

Khalsa Day Parade

Mark the beginning of the Sikh New Year at the annual Khalsa Day Parade in Toronto! It’s one of the largest parades in Canada and a great way to connect with your community and celebrate Sikh culture. The parade begins at Exhibition Place and travels along the Lakeshore, ending at Nathan Phillips Square, where the festivities continue with food and fun. Everyone is welcome to share in the Khalsa Day celebrations, regardless of background or religion.

PRIDE Parade

Put on your rainbow gear and get ready to show your pride! There are PRIDE Toronto events throughout June every year, but the highlight of the month is the Toronto PRIDE Parade. Whether you’re planning to march in the parade or just be a spectator, you’re guaranteed a day of colourful community fun! You’ll see us there - we’ve been proudly participating in the PRIDE parade since 2012 and we can’t wait to do it again this year.

Caribbean Carnival Parade

The Grande Parade is the main event of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival every year! With elaborate, colourful Caribbean festival costumes and music that will keep you moving to the rhythm, the Grande Parade is a spectacular cultural event not to be missed. GO Transit makes it easy to get to the Lakeshore, despite road closures, so you can make this Caribbean festival the highlight of your summer!

Save Time, Take GO!

Don’t miss the start of the parade because you’re stuck in traffic, rerouted by road closures, or endlessly circling for a parking spot. We can get you to the fun without all that stress so you can easily snag a good spot and enjoy the show!

We keep your outing affordable, too, with several fare options. Find the right GO fare for you!

Kids GO Free

Kids love parades! And you’ll love the fact that kids aged 12 and under always ride free on GO. It doesn’t get more affordable than that, so be sure to bring the whole family!

GO Weekend Pass

Parades are typically on Saturdays or Sundays, so using a GO Weekend Pass just makes sense! A One-Day Weekend Pass is only $10 for unlimited GO travel all day. Or, if you have other plans that weekend, a $15 Weekend Pass will give you unlimited GO travel all weekend long.

Weekday Group Pass

If you’re attending other festival events during the week, a Weekday Group Pass is perfect for groups of 2-5. You’ll enjoy all-day unlimited GO travel for one affordable fare when you’re all travelling together. 

Youth and Post-Secondary Student Fares

Youth aged 13-19 and all Post-Secondary Students can save 40% off the full adult GO fare with a PRESTO youth or post-secondary student fare. Sign up now to make your parade outing even more affordable!