For over 40 years Santa has made his way up Markham's Main Street "ho, ho, ho-ing" and waving at hundreds of eager children. For me, this truly marks the arrival of the holiday season!
This Saturday, November 30, the tradition continues! The parade begins at 11 a.m. with over 100 floats and marching bands traveling up Main Street (Hwy 48) beginning at Hwy 7 and finishing at Bur Oak Ave.
The parade lasts for about an hour so dress warm and bring something to sit on. There are a few places to buy hot chocolate along the route.
The theme for this years festivities is “Goodwill Unto Others”, so please bring a new or gently used toy if you can to the Christmas tree at 132 Robinson (2 lights north of HWY 7 on Markham Rd) right after the parade. You can get your picture taken with Santa there and the toys collected will be donated to the Yellow Brick House, serving abused women and children in York Region.
Although there isn’t an app yet to follow Santa along his route, you can get event updates, a map of the route, and parking information online at www.markhamsantaclausparade.com and don’t forget to post your pictures and Twitter updates to @MarkhamSanta, @cityofmarkham or to me @johnprocenko.
And don’t forget the season kicks off the night before (Friday November 29th) on Main Street with the Festival of Lights. Free horse wagon rides, fire artists, fireworks and much more, from 6 to 9 p.m.
See you there!