History of the Parade

The Oakville Santa Claus Parade has been delighting audiences for 71 years. Each year provides members of the Oakville community with the opportunity to come together and participate in the parade or watch the parade, bringing joy to young and young at heart.

The first parade was organized in 1948 by Bill Hughes, then President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. The idea originated to encourage business in Downtown Oakville. 

2019 Best of the Parade

Theme: Things we do at Christmas Time

Winner: Rock This Way

Best Overall Winner for the Oakville Santa Claus Parade 2019

Best Commercial Float

Winner: Rock This Way

Runner Up 1: Oakville Hydro

Runner Up 2: Bell Canada

Best Community Float

Winner: Oakville Gymnastics Club

Runner Up 1: 1st Trafalgar Scouts

Best Walking Group

Winner: Buckley Family

Runner Up 1: Dance District 1 & 2

Runner Up 2: Oakville & Milton Human Society

Best School

Winner: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School

Runner Up 1: Oakville Trafalgar High School

Runner Up 2: Ecole Secondaire Ste. Trinite

Parade Themes Throughout the Years

Oakville Santa Claus Parade Themes since 1996

Things we do at Christmas time!

2019

Celebrating 70 years

2018

A Canadian Christmas Through the Decades

2017

A Magical, Musical Christmas

2016

Christmas in Motion

2015

A Canadian Christmas

2014

Celebrating 65 Years

2013

Once Upon a Christmas

2012

All I Want for Christmas

2011

Christmas at the Movies

2010

Rock and Roll Christmas

2009

A Child's Magical Christmas

2008

Christmas Through the Decades

2007

Favourite Christmas Stories

2006

Christmas Traditions

2005

Christmas Around the World

2004

The Gift of Giving

2003

Favourite Christmas Carols

2002

What Christmas Means to Me

2001

Toyland on Parade

2000

Millennium 2000...Past, Present and Future

1999

Musical Memories of Christmas

1998

Christmas Fantasyland

1997

Christmas at Home

1996