There are several London Santa Claus Parades so the good thing about that is if you miss one or can’t make it, then you will in all likelihood be able to catch a different local Santa Claus parade. When our kids were younger this was an annual event, even those years when it snowed like crazy, and those years when it rained cats and dogs.
There’s something fun about watching a parade together, all huddled up trying to stay warm while watching the faces of your children light up every time a float passes by.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Holiday Season is here in London Ontario. Which got me thinking. Wouldn’t it be great to have a roundup of all the important family friendly Christmas parades and holiday trains in London Ontario posted here for you to refer to as needed?
Yes, the answer is yes it would be great to have that all in one spot. So, here is the London Santa Claus parade roundup which includes area parades too. Get busy planning ahead now, so you don’t miss any of the fun. Oh, and also that Christmas train! I have often just hit upon that one by accident. So, let’s not do that this year.
Local Santa Claus Parades and More
London Santa Claus Parade
Nov. 9 – Starts at 6 PM
- A London Ontario holiday tradition returns.
- The parade theme this year is “A Cartoon Christmas.”
- Cost: Free – Usually it’s smart to bring some canned goods for collection and distribution to London’s Food Bank.
Port Stanley Santa Treats Train Ride
Nov. 23-Dec.22 Saturday and Sundays, 11, 1, 2:30 PM
- Port Stanley Train Terminal
- Enjoy a ride through Elgin County in early winter from the warmth of a heated car. Santa has treats for the kids! Live entertainment on some trains.
- For details: https://www.pstr.on.ca/ or call 519-782-3730
Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum Season’s Greetings
Nov 24, 12-4pm
- 8348 Longwoods Road in Mount Brydges.
- Enjoy an afternoon of family activities that will put you in the holiday mood.
- Cost $8 per vehicle
Dickens Days Night Parade in Port Stanley
Nov. 29 7-8PM
Colbourne Street Port Stanley. Bring canned food for the food bank.
- Cost is free
Lighting of the Lights
- an annual tradition at Victoria Park
- Clarence Street
CP Holiday Train with Alan Doyle and Beautiful Band
Nov. 29 8:15-9PM
- Keep an eye out for this one. Every single year this is worth it, but it gets crowded so get there early and dress warm. Totally family friendly but keep an eye on the littles as there are a lot of people.
- The CP Holiday Train program launched in 1999 and has raised more than $15.8 million CA and gathered 4.5 million pounds of food for communities along CP’s routes in Canada and the United States.
Hyde Park Santa Claus Parade
Nov. 30, 11 AM-12PM
- Starts at Sherwood Forest Mall
- 1225 Wonderland Rd. N
Argyle BIA Santa Claus Parade
December 7 11AM
- 1815 Dundas Street – parade begins at Clarke Rd heading east and ends at Dundas St.