It's almost time for my annual holiday countdown to begin.  If you're like me, you don't think about starting your shopping or decorating until Mr and Mrs Claus make their debut in the Toronto Santa Claus Parade.  

This year marks their 111th annual ceremony! Initially started in 1905 the Santa Claus Parade has become a local tradition celebrated by Canadians all across the nation and worldwide.  The Toronto Santa Claus Parade is considered the longest running children's parade in the world and holds great significance in initiating the festive season.

Check out the Parade Route below

On November 15th, Santa Claus and more than 25 animated floats will commence the march from the Christie Pits (Bathurst and Bloor) at 12:30 and make its way down to St. Lawrence Market (Front and Jarvis). The parade will also include 2,000 costumed participants and 200 Celebrity Clowns who will be leading the way and providing added joy to the crowd.

Mrs. Clause will be giving us some entertainment inspiration this year on the second last float featuring the complete line of My Canvas products from Canadian Tire.  As a proud sponsor of the event Canadian Tire will be hosting Mrs. Claus in style. 

Check out the products Mrs. Clause will be using on the float:

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To find out more about the parade, visit the website for more information. Be sure to plan your day ahead of time to avoid any hassle and to make sure they find the perfect spot to view the parade. If you’re coming with children, make sure to bring blankets, extra clothing and enough water, snacks and activities to keep them busy while waiting for the parade to start! Once the march begins, sit back and enjoy the gorgeous floats that are in the parade this year!

You can also follow the organization on Twitter @TOSanta, Facebook, or on Instagram. Also, be sure to follow the news about Santa Claus Parade with the hashtag  #TOSanta!

See what makes this parade so special.