Places to spot Santa in York Region


Places to spot Santa in York Region

November 16, 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  It’s always exciting to check out the holiday events in and around our community and hopefully get a glimpse or interaction with Santa himself before his trek back to the North Pole!

We’ve compiled a few places where you’re likely to run into the jolly old guy if you’re looking for some fun with your little ones in the next few weeks!

Always a great spot to sight Santa.  He’s a busy guy in the coming weeks.  We’ve only listed a few of our favourite parades, but there are more in smaller communities in York Region! You can find them all here

Our Favourites:
Saturday Nov 16th:  Newmarket Santa Claus Parade  11:00 am Main St
Saturday Nov 16th: Richmond Hill Santa Claus Parade  6 pm  Leslie St – starting at William F. Bell Parkway
Saturday Nov 23rd: Markham Santa Claus Parade: 11:00 am  Hwy 48/Main St Markham
Saturday Nov 23rd:  Aurora Santa Under the Stars Parade:  6 pm  Yonge St (Aurora Main St)
Friday, December 6 @ 6:00 pm: Annual Unionville Olde Tyme Christmas & Candlelight Parade Historic Unionville Main St


SANTA TRAIN:  Tickets are required – Starts Saturday Nov 23rd.  Get your ticket here
All Aboard with Santa! We have received news from the North Pole that Santa will be joining us on the York Durham Heritage Railway.  This decorated, heated and very popular heritage train ride is a great family holiday experience. On-board entertainment keeps everyone occupied while waiting for Santa’s arrival. Have your wish list ready to share with him when he visits children big and small at their seats. Why not create a new family tradition and lasting memories? Book early to avoid disappointment; this popular feature trip sells out quickly. The Heritage Train is wheelchair accessible in Uxbridge and allows for full wheelchair accessibility to the train.




Saturday and Sunday dates in December available!
Join us for breakfast with Santa!

All tickets are $20 and include your choice of 3 meals as well as juice or coffee. All children under 12 receive a small gift/loot bag. All tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable to other dates.  

We are also giving participants the option to donate $5 to Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation with their tickets in the spirit of community and giving during the holiday season.Reserve your spot!



Enjoy crafts, activities and treats for the entire family. Go on a horse-drawn wagon ride, and meet Santa in his cabin!
Starts November 29th through to December 21st – Tickets are required and can be booked for timeslots from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
View tickets page for pricing and availability.
Or you can call 416-667-6295

And of course you can always find Santa at a mall near you!

Our favourites in York Region are the Santa’ville Upper Canada Mall and Santa at Hillcrest and the Santa’s Tiny Big Town at Vaughan Mills

Check out Vaughan Mills special event!  Santa’s Arrival at Bass Pro Shops – Sat Nov 16th at 5:00 pm!  Bring the whole family to see the magical unveiling of Santa’s Wonderland in Bass Pro Shops!

*Santa arrives at 5pm! ?
*FREE hot chocolate starting at 5:30pm! ☕
*FREE craft! Decorate a Santa stocking 6-8pm ?
*FREE photo with Santa 6-8pm until Bass Passes run out ?
*Magical tree lighting ?Santa will be giving away a $25 gift card to one lucky winner every half hour from 5:30-7:30pm!Learn more:

Christmas at the Museum

And don’t forget about Mommy Connections York Region North!

We have a Christmas at the Museum event on Dec 9th at Stouffville Museum from 10 to 12:30 for parents and little ones where you will get an opportunity to chat with Santa!  Ideal for age 1 to 4.
Storytime, Crafts, Snacks, Museum Tour, Prizes, Lootbags and a Visit from Santa himself!
$15.00 per child/Adults free and babies under 1 free

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