Santa's Workshop gears up for 108th annual parade
Mr. and Mrs. Claus are in town for Toronto's 108th annual Santa Claus Parade.
They're meeting with supervisors on the floor of their workshop at 401 & Weston Road, keeping a watchful eye as elves put the finishing touches on 23 giant, animated floats and hundreds of colourful costumes.
The shop is bustling with activity, with the parade set to go on the afternoon of Sunday, November 18th.
Thousands of staffers and volunteers have been busy since last winter building giant paper mache gingerbread men and storybook creatures.
Parade creative director Alfred Iannarelli says you can expect Christmas classics like reindeer sleigh captain Rudolph and floats that represent the 12 days of Christmas.
But he says characters from new movies and video games are also in the mix.
"We want to stay current with all of the things that are going on today for kids," says Iannarelli.
Special for this year's Santa Claus parade is a float that honours the 100th edition of the CFL's Grey Cup championship, to be played at Rogers Centre the following weekend.
The parade will start on Bloor Street and will head down Avenue Road, past Queen's Park and wrap up near the St. Lawrence Market at Front and Jarvis Streets.
On the 18th, GO Trains will make special trips on all lines, offering all-day tickets at discounted rates.