He’s making a list and checking it twice; he’s going to find out who’s naughty and nice. That’s right, Santa Claus is coming to town!

At McGarr Realty, our team enjoys this holiday season because it’s the time of year when the communities of St. Catharines and Niagara come together to celebrate the spirit of Santa. You’ll find festive Santa Claus parades taking place all across the beautiful Niagara region, each with their own magical touch.

Our team has put together a list of Santa Claus parades that are sure to get you into the holiday spirit! And if you’re looking to warm up and grab a bite to eat while you’re taking in the fun, we’ve included recommendations for a few of our favourite restaurants in each community.

So whether you’re young or young at heart, we hope you’ll make the most of this wonderful time by celebrating the arrival of Old Saint Nick!


Niagara Falls

November 16, 2019

11:00 am, Downtown on Queen St.

The Niagara Falls Santa Claus parade is an annual favourite filed with marching bands, fun floats and the man in the red suit himself! While you’re waiting for the parade to start, you can grab a coffee at Queen Bean Cafe, a friendly shop with a delicious breakfast menu and great coffee. And if you’re in the mood for a classic breakfast, visit the Hi-Lite Restaurant that’s been a staple in the downtown core for over 40 years.



November 16, 2019

4:00 pm, Starts at Canadian Tire Financial Services

The Welland Santa Claus parade is sure to be a hit for the entire family! In addition to the parade, the kids can meet Santa and stay for a showing of Disney’s Muppet Christmas Carol taking place in Civic Square. Grab a bite to eat at The VHC with its huge selection of yummy vegan food that will even impress meat lovers. Or if you’re looking to warm up, try Matteo’s Ristorante with its cozy atmosphere and delicious wood-fired pizzas.


Fort Erie

November 16, 2019

4:00pm, Jarvis St.

Now in its 47th year, the Fort Erie Santa Claus parade has been a family favourite for almost half a century. Warner Ranch showcases its Belgian horses and Canada Post collects letters to send to the North Pole. Take in the sights of the Niagara River at Ming Teh Restaurant, which offers a dining-room view of the water while you enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine. And  if you’re looking to continue the magic of the evening, visit the Old Bank Bistro, a charming restaurant that’s maintained the history of its building and offers a date-night special.


St. Catharines

November 17, 2019

4:45 pm, Downtown St. Catharines

The St. Catharines Santa Claus parade is full of cheer and goodwill. The event includes an annual collection of non-perishable food items, mittens and hats to support Community Care St. Catharines and Thorold Kids. Come early and enjoy the free Family Skate at Meridian Centre from 2 pm to 4 pm. After the parade, grab burgers at The WORKS Gourmet Bistro Burger, which offers something for everyone. Or if you want more of an upscale dining experience, visit the Wellington Court Dining, a hidden gem known for its local menu and exceptional wine list.



November 30, 2019

4:00 pm, Sullivan Ave.

Thorold’s Santa Claus parade will be celebrating its 29th year of bringing joy to children and adults alike during this holiday season. For something different, it’s worth visiting Karma Kameleon Gastropub, which has a small but delicious menu that’s locally sourced and offers a nice selection of craft beers. Or visit Pho 18 with its flavourful and “warm-you-up” dishes that are perfect after enjoying the parade.


Port Colborne

December 7, 2019

6:30 pm, Steele St.

The city of Port Colborne showcases its unique location for its annual Santa Claus parade. The parade starts at the Port Colborne High School and makes its way down to the Welland Canal, which provides event-goers with the opportunity to view the waterway under a sparkling winter sky. While you’re there, we recommend the Lock Wood Fired Pizza, a cozy eatery that offers gluten-free options, and tasty desserts are sure to please the kids. Or grab a bite before the parade at Archie’s Subs and Eatery, which in addition to being known for its delicious subs also has fish and chips, wings, and a kid’s menu.



December 7, 2019

5:15 pm, Livingston Ave

Grimsby’s Santa Claus parade is special because it does an annual theme, with this year’s being “Hometown Christmas”. Over 90 entries including marching bands and floats will take part in this wonderful gathering of the community. While you’re taking in the magic of the parade, it’s worth visiting the Indian Hut, known for its traditional and flavourful Indian offerings that make it a town gem. And if you’re a lover of wine and charcuterie, the Olive Board does not disappoint with its thoughtful menu pairings and lovely atmosphere.



December 14, 2019

11:00 am, Starts at King St.

If you love all things tradition, the Niagara-on-the-Lake Christmas parade is the perfect way to celebrate Santa’s arrival in a historical setting. The old part of Niagara-on-the-Lake features beautifully restored 19th century buildings that make you feel like you’ve stepped back into the Victorian era. After the parade, grab lunch at the Irish Harp Pub, a casual restaurant that offers a range of menu options and comfort food to warm you up. Or try Benchmark, a teaching restaurant located at Niagara College that offers a lovely menu and a beautiful view of the Niagara escarpment.


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