Party with Peggy at the Parade!

The Santa Claus parade is this Saturday, Nov. 15! It’s a tradition and it’s become one of my favourite events of the year because so many families come downtown and it brings lights and joy and excitement for the holiday season!

Speaking of excitement, I heard this year fireworks and pyrotechnics with be happening along the parade route instead of afterwards at The Forks – so plan accordingly!

And I know it’s getting really chilly outside – I even saw a few flurries of snow over the weekend…so in order to make one family’s Santa Claus parade experience a little warmer and a little brighter, I thought I’d give away some VIP seats and all kinds of treats, with help from my friends at Portage Place!

I want to hear about your favourite downtown holiday activity – so comment below, and you and your family will be entered to win my VIP Santa Claus experience!

You have the next few days to let me know. The contest closes at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14 and the winner will be announced shortly after.

Pre-parade activities get underway at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15. Parade begins at 5 p.m. For more info visit

Santa Claus comes to town today!

And it’s in Parade form. 🙂

If you’ve noticed that a whole bunch of downtown streets are closed and are wondering why – well, it’s because the anual Santa Claus Parade comes through downtown tonight! I was reading up on it a bit to figure out the best places to watch from, and I came across the coolest video yesterday – the Parade in 1948! Can you believe it’s been going on for so long? I really think we should bring back the bunnies to the parade next year. (0:15 in, you’ll know them when you see them)

In case you haven’t been in a while, here’s what it looks like today – a bit of a difference:

The Santa float in 2011 – this pic is by the fab photographer Leif Norman, he’s got lots more on his blog here:


Now you want to come down nice and early so you have a chance to get a good spot, but you don’t want to be bored – right? Don’t worry, you’re covered! I don’t know what they did in 1948, but there are a lot of other activities going on downtown for Santa Claus Parade day this year. There are activities, giveaways and other ‘block party’ activities on Portage – and a free concert too! Here’s the schedule for today:

Camerata Nova – Free Concert held at Manitoba Hydro Place from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Santa’s Block Parties begin at 4:00 pm

Santa Claus Parade starts at 5:00 pm

Entertainment at The Forks – DJ Frankie Hollywood –
spinning live with Energy 106 Crew at 7:00 pm

Fireworks at The Forks – 7:30 pm

Got other questions about parking, etc? has you covered. Don’t forget your tuques – see you there!