Frequently Asked Questions

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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

The parade route is along Lakeshore Road and Kerr Street.  Both these streets are very wide making any place a great place to see all the floats and walkers.

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.

Yes, there is both a food drive and a toy drive, as well as money collection for the Salvation Army.

For more information, visit the Food and Toy Drive page.

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.

The Oakville Santa Claus Parade relies on volunteers who work in several areas. High school students will be eligible to receive volunteer hours for their participation. Visit the Volunteer page to learn more.

Child and father at Christmas tree

Child and father at Christmas tree