The Santa Claus Parade has been given the green-light to continue this year, but things will look a bit different. For the first time in more than 100 years, the Toronto parade will proceed without a crowd gathered to watch the festivities.
On Friday, it was officially announced that the annual live parade will turn into a two-hour national television special with CTV.
Christmas will go on this year! Kids and families will be able to enjoy the @TOSantaParade this year. Watch a very exciting conversation with Santa Claus and Ms. Claus. #SantaClausParadeTOhttps://t.co/18VbxG85fR
— John Tory (@JohnTory) October 2, 2020
“For over 100 years, the Original Santa Claus Parade has been the official start of the holiday season in our city. Despite the ongoing pandemic, we’ve found a way to make sure Santa Claus is still coming to town. I am pleased that this tradition will continue in a way that families can safely enjoy,” said Mayor John Tory.
In addition to the appearances of Santa and Mrs. Claus, there will be more than 20 floats that viewers will be able to see up-close.
Viewers will also be treated to special musical guests, celebrity appearances, bands playing traditional Christmas songs, and the iconic “Celebrity Clowns.”
A number of events and festivities have been cancelled for the rest of the year due to the pandemic, including the Christmas Market and the New Year’s Eve celebration in Nathan’s Phillips Square.
The Santa Claus Parade will air on Saturday, December 5 at 7 pm.