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The Oakville Santa Claus Parade is to entertain both children and adults alike. It is not intended to advertise a company or group. In fairness to all entries, the committee strongly advises all entries to put a great deal of thought, time and creativity into the design of their entry to incorporate the parade's theme. This enhances the parade experience for everyone participating and watching
Parking can be tight at the event due to large crowds and road closures. Get there early to park downtown or in Kerr Village in designated parking zones. Parking restrictions will be in affect on some roads.
For a full list of road closures, visit our parade map and road closures information page.
Don't want to worry about parking? Take advantage of the free Santa Shuttle. Information can be found in the Santa Shuffle section of the site.
In the Oakville Santa Claus Parade, all of the floats are built by individual community groups, schools and Oakville companies, both big and small. Groups begin by locating a flat bed either through purchasing or borrowing from other companies or decorating their own vehicles. The committee encourages all groups to be as creative and fun, while keeping in the spirit of Christmas, as you can be! Remember, there are judges and prizes to be won for the best of the parade. We can't wait to see your designs and finished floats!
Please note the Oakville Santa Claus Parade does not build floats.
Unfortunately, the committee does not provide flatbeds. All entries who enter the parade must secure their own flatbed.
This is a rain or shine event. Dress according to the weather forecast!
The parade will begin promptly at 9 a.m. at the corner of Lakeshore and Reynolds. The first float should arrive at Lakeshore and Navy at about 9:20 a.m., Lakeshore and Kerr at 9:30 a.m. and Kerr and Stewart at about 9:55 a.m. These times are approximate, but give you some idea of the time of the parade will reach any given point.