The Brampton Santa Claus Parade is on this weekend! This Saturday at 5:00 p.m. the spectacle begins for residents and visitors.
We’ve put together some tips for you and your family to make the most out of enjoying the parade.
It can be easy to get carried away by the festivities and feeling warm inside from all your hot drinks. But due to low temperatures, exposed skin will be susceptible to damage. This is especially true when you’re outside for the length of an event. Hands and fingers are especially vulnerable to frostnip and eventually frostbite. Wear layers to keep out the cold, and don’t forget your gloves or mittens. Ensure the little ones stay wrapped up in their excitement to see their favourite characters.
Should you feel the painful sensation of frostnip, which feels like hundreds of needles piercing the skin, resist the temptation to press your hands — just get someplace warm to thaw your skin out. Do the same if you or one of your loved ones feels the symptoms of cold stress: shivering, slowed responses, and numb lips. There will be plenty of businesses open so you can head inside to warm up or maybe even grab a treat.
Best spot: Main and Queen
The parade will start on the north side at Ken Whillans Drive and then head down Sproule toward Main Street, and will proceed south on Main Street past Queen, and ending at Elgin Drive.
One of the best vantage points would be the intersection of Main and Queen. There is also a small elevated platform on the grounds of City Hall, facing Main Street behind the bus shelter. And as always, in order to secure prime spots arrive early before the crowds.
Bring your lawn chair
Arriving early to secure a prime spot for the parade can mean a lot of standing around. So bring your trusty lawn chair to help you relax while you wait.
Public transit is encouraged for residents and visitors as this is a massive outdoor event and traffic will be at a standstill all around the route due to road closures. Public transit stops will take alternate routes that will still be within walking distance of the parade.
If you do need to drive however, the city provides parking for free for weekend events. Check out the Bramptonist Ultimate Guide to Parking in Downtown Brampton.