Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to be a volunteer.  Who do I contact?

The Oakville Santa Claus Parade relies on volunteers who work in several areas. High school students will be eligible to receive volunteer hours for their participation. Volunteer information is available on the site.

What time will the parade really begin, and what time will it reach different points along the route? 

The parade will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. at the corner of Lakeshore and Reynolds. The first float should arrive at Lakeshore and Navy at about 9:20 a.m., the at Lakeshore and Kerr at 9:30 a.m. and finally at Kerr and Stewart at about 9:55 a.m.  These times are approximate, but give you some idea of the time of the Parade will reach any given point.  The further along the route you sit, the later it will actually start for you.

What happens if it rains?  Is there a rain date for the parade?

The parade date is Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. RAIN OR SHINE.  So dress for the occasion.

Is the Oakville Santa Claus Parade associated with a Food/Toy drive?

Yes. Every year, the parade is preceded by the Oakville Firefighters' Toy Drive, and the Kinsmen Food Drive for the Salvation Army Jingle Bell Fund. The Friends of Falgarwood participate each year selling Red Noses for charity. So start collecting your spare change, canned goods and new, unwrapped toys to bring with you on parade day! 

I have my own business and think this parade would be a great place to sell some of my merchandise. Can I?

To sell anything along the parade route, a vendor permit is required. Review the Vendor information to ensure you are adhering to the Town's by-law.

How can I enter a float? Is it free?

Visit the Registration page for the entry form. First 50 entries will be accepted.  Commercial parade entry fee is $150. Community Group / School parade entry fee is $50. 

How do I get information on the colouring contest?  Who can enter?  What is the winning prize?

The Oakville Santa Claus Parade launches its annual colouring contest in October. The contest winner rides in the Oakville Santa Claus Parade as Honorary Grand Marshall on parade day. The colouring contest entry form is available on the home page and in larger format at all Town facilities. 

Does the parade committee provide flatbeds?

Unfortunately, the committee does not provide flatbeds. All entries who enter the Parade must secure their own flatbed.

Where can I get ideas on how to build a float?  How can I get a float?

Our floats are not built by companies, rather by individual community groups, schools and Oakville companies (big and small).  There groups "borrow and beg" for a truck or flatbed, decorate their vehicle on their own. The Oakville Santa Claus Parade does not build floats. Visit the Astro Parade site for float ideas and materials.  And check out our timeline for guidance on timing for your float. Get planning!

How can I become a sponsor? 

Sponsors and donations of any kind are graciously accepted and assist our efforts in presenting this community event. Sponsor information is available on the site.

Where do you recommend to park?

With a viewing audience of over 50,000, parking will be limited around the downtown and Kerr Village areas. Why worry about parking? Take advantage of the free Santa Shuttle. Information can be found in the Parade Day Information/Santa Shuttle & Oakville Transit section of the site.

Where is the best place to see the parade? 

The parade route is along Lakeshore Road and Kerr Street.  Both these streets are very wide making any place a great place to see all the floats and walkers.

Why are plain automobiles not permitted as a float entry?

The Oakville Santa Claus Parade is to entertain both children and adults alike.  It is not intended to advertise a company or group.  In all fairness to all entries, the committee strongly advises all entries to put a great deal of thought, time and creativity into the design of their entry to incorporate the Parade's theme.  This enhances the Parade experience for everyone participating and watching.