Every year in November: The Santa Claus Parade
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The 68th edition of the Santa Claus Parade will take place on Saturday, November 17 at 11 am!
On Saturday November 17, young and old are invited to Sainte-Catherine West, between Du Fort and Saint-Urbain streets, to experience the excitement of the most popular Christmas event in Quebec: the Santa Claus Parade! A must for many, this wonderful annual celebration is an enchanting, musical launch of the beginning of the holiday season in downtown Montréal.
Presented by Destination centre-ville and produced by Le Carnaval de Québec, the Santa Claus Parade has become a tradition for thousands of visitors. This year, it will feature more than twenty floats, including the Christmas Fairy’s and of course Santa Claus’s, as well as the talent of a host of artists, musicians, dancers and street performers. There will also be new features for this 68th year, including a fun float inspired by winter sports (hockey, ski, etc.) and a second by the snowmobile, the emblematic winter vehicle invented in Quebec !
As well, Annie Villeneuve and Michaël will sing some holiday classics on the Noël une tradition en chanson float, while the well-known singer and host Marie-Eve Janvier will be surrounded by children on the float dedicated to Sainte-Justine’s Tree of Lights campaign. Also, among the various scenes that will spread holiday magic over more than a kilometre, one of the most anticipated will definitely be the much-loved cook and singer Ari Cui Cui’s (Ariane Gauthier) who, with her sparkling presence and contagious good humour, is sure to delight the little ones!
Vanessa Pilon, the Christmas Fairy
Each year, the Christmas Fairy’s presentation is one of the parade’s favourites. Again this year, the sparkling host and columnist Vanessa Pilon was given the task of preparing the crowd for Santa’s arrival. No doubt that this new mother’s inner child will be filled with wonder as she finds herself aboard this mythical float for a second year!
The parade on TVA and Yoopa
Anouk Meunier and Patrice Bélanger will again host the Parade this year on the TVA network and on the Yoopa channel. They will be accompanied by Yoopa’s popular Théo, a true fan of the event. As well, a newcomer will complete hosting team: Fredo the magician who has a lot of tricks up his sleeve for the crowd during the Parade!
The Santa Claus Parade will be broadcast simultaneously on the TVA Network and the Yoopa channel on Sunday November 18, at 5 pm. Rebroadcasts will take place Sunday December 2 at 1:30 pm on the TVA Network and Sunday December 23, at 12:30 pm on the Yoopa channel.
On Saturday November 17 at 11 am, a big crowd is expected on Sainte-Catherine West between Du Fort and St-Urbain to celebrate the arrival of the holiday season in the city!
The parade begins at 11 am at the rue du Fort and ends at Place des Arts at 1:30 pm.
St. Catherine Street will be completely closed at 10 am and will reopen at 1:30 pm.
Metro: McGill or Peel Station
What can I do after the parade?
The city center is full of activities for both children and adults:
- go to the museum (Grevin Museum, McCord Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, MAC ...),
- go shopping in the underground galleries or on St. Catherine Street
- go to the restaurant on Peel Street or Crescent Street
- Go to the 360 Observatory at the Sommet Place Ville Marie
- Go to the Montreal Book Fair, Place Bonaventure