Hey Oakville, Santa Clause is coming to town!

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Published September 22, 2022 at 12:22 pm

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the popular Oakville Santa Claus parade returns this year to an in-person event on Nov. 19. TOWNOF OAKVILLE PHOTO

Santa Claus is coming to the Town of Oakville.

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jolly old St. Nick will be once again leading an in-person Santa Claus Parade through the streets of Oakville on Saturday, Nov. 19, beginning at 9 a.m.


Oakville Mayor Rob Burton sat down for a fireside chat with Father Christmas the ahead of the big day over the past two years, but this year Santa will be leading his sleigh in-person to kick off the Holiday Season.

“I have the extreme pleasure of announcing that this year we will be in-person doing the Oakville St. Claus Parade,” said Ward 2 Regional and Town Councillor Cathy Duddeck at a council meeting on Tuesday night.

“We look forward to welcoming all the young families and some of us more mature people, I might add, on Nov. 19.”

Duddeck said that the parade would follow the same route as years past, beginning on Lakeshore Rd. in Downtown Oakville and then heading up Kerr St.

The popular Santa Claus parade won’t be the only event kicking off this year’s Holiday Season.

“The one good thing that did come out of our patience waiting to have an in-person parade was that the town provided a phenomenal lighting display in Coronation Park, which also included a very successful toy drive for our Oakville firefighters,” said Duddeck.

“I’ve been advised by the commissioner, responsible for that portfolio, that we’re going to have a (two-for-one). We’re going to have the drive-thru and going to have the Santa Claus Parade, so something positive coming out of a negative. We look forward to seeing you all on the 19th.”

This year marks the 30th annual holiday toy drive by the Oakville Professional Firefighters Association.

Residents will once again be able to take in the stunning Christmas lights display while being able to make non-perishable food donations along with donations of gift cards, and toys.

After taking the free Santa shuttle, Oakville residents will be able to find a spot along the parade route to take in the sights and sounds of the creative floats.

This year’s parade theme will be Christmas Around the World to recognize holiday traditions from all cultures and countries.

The Oakville Santa Claus Parade has provided holiday cheer for local families for over 70 years.

The parade was first organized in 1948 by Bill Hughes, who was the president of the Oakville Junior Chamber of Commerce.

The idea for the parade was to help encourage business in Downtown Oakville.

Serving with Duddeck on this year’s parade committee is Ward 1 Town Councillor Beth Robertson, Ward 6 Town Councillor Natalia Lishchyna, Ward 2 Councillor Ray Chisholm and Ward 3 Town Councillor Janet Haslett-Theall.

“We’re very, very actively involved,” said Duddeck of planning this year’s parade.

This year’s event will go ahead rain or shine.

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