No parade, but Santa Claus still coming to Oakville virtually and from a distance


Published October 14, 2021 at 12:55 pm

While there'll be no Santa Claus parade, he will be dropping into Oakville twice this year. TOWN OF OAKVILLE IMAGE

Santa Claus is coming to town twice, but kids still won’t be able to see “Jolly Old St. Nick” in a parade.

While pandemic measures mean the cancellation once again of Oakville’s traditional Santa Claus Parade, Kris Kringle will still be spreading his holiday cheer to families both virtually and from a distance this year.

Residents can join Oakville Mayor Rob Burton as he sits down for a fireside chat with Santa Claus on Saturday, November 27 at 9 a.m.

The lead elf will also return for the Oakville Professional Firefighters Association’s (Oakville PFFA) Drive-Thru Toy Donation at Coronation Park on Friday, December 10 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“As COVID-19 pandemic measures continue to be in place, Santa will be joining me again for a one-on-one fireside chat in place of the traditional Santa Claus Parade,” Burton said. “He was very impressed with the questions we received last year from Oakville families and is looking forward to spreading some holiday cheer virtually and at the drive-thru toy drive.”

This will mark the second straight year Santa will be sitting down and possibly going over “naughty or nice” list with the Oakville Mayor.

Families can join the conversation virtually by visiting the

Oakville Santa Claus Parade website.

Santa Claus will even take your questions. Families can email a short video to [email protected] by Saturday, November 13 and your video may be played live for Santa during the fireside chat and/or shared online.

This year’s virtual event will also feature a holiday colouring contest. Artists 10 years of age and younger are invited to colour a holiday scene for a chance to win a phone call from Santa.

Winners will be announced during the broadcast on November 27.

For Santa’s second stop, the Town of Oakville has partnered with the Oakville PFFA to host the Oakville PFFA’s 29th annual holiday food and toy drive.

The event will feature a festive light display and Oakville residents are encouraged to bring a gift card, unwrapped toy, and/or non-perishable food donation item to the event as they drive-thru the park to wave at Santa in his sleigh.

Canada Post will also be helping local residents reach Santa via mail. Letters to Santa can be sent to: Santa Claus, North Pole, HOH OHO. No postage is required.

Letters to Santa will also be accepted at the Oakville PFFA Drive-Thru Toy Donation event on December 10.

More information about the virtual fireside chat with Santa Claus can be found on the Oakville Santa Claus Parade website, including video submission guidelines, downloadable colouring sheets and contest details.


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