Santa Claus Parade & Other Events to Snarl Traffic
Getting around the city this weekend will be challenging with a handful of events that will cause road closures throughout the city.
The 108th Toronto Santa Claus parade will make its way through the streets of the city on Sunday. The parade begins at Christie Street and Bloor Street West at 12:30 p.m. and will end at St Lawrence Market.
Road closure times associated with the parade are as follows:
- 8 a.m., Bloor Street West, from Ossington Avenue to Christie Street
- 10 a.m., Bloor Street West, from Christie Street to Bathurst Street
- 11 a.m., Bloor Street West, from Bathurst Street to Bay Street
- 11 a.m., Avenue Road/Queen’s Park, from Davenport Road to College Street
- 11:30 a.m., University Avenue, from College Street to Dundas Street
- noon, University Avenue, from Dundas Street to Front Street
- 1 p.m., Wellington Street, from University Avenue to Jarvis Street
- 1:15 p.m., Front Street, from Bay Street to Jarvis Street
The towing of vehicles parked along the parade route will start at 6 a.m. on Sunday, November 18, 2012.
The parade will start at 12:30 p.m., and will proceed along the following route:
Start: Bloor Street West and Christie Street
Eastbound on Bloor Street West
Southbound on Queen’s Park Crescent East
Southbound on University Avenue
Eastbound on Wellington Street West
Eastbound on Front Street East
Finish: Front Street East & Jarvis Street
On Saturday night the 46th annual Cavalcade of Lights takes place at Nathan Phillips Square.
Toronto police say because there will be a pyrotechnic program from the towers of City Hall, road closures will be in place to prevent both pedestrian and vehicular traffic from entering the fall-out zone around City Hall from 7 to 9 p.m.
The following streets will be closed during the event:
- Bay Street, between Queen Street and Dundas Street
- Hagerman Street, between Elizabeth Street and Bay Street
- Elizabeth Street, between Dundas Street and Hagerman Street
- Albert Street, between Bay Street and James Street
- James Street, between Queen Street and Albert Street
Dog lovers can take their beloved pooches to Winter Woofstock at the Direct Energy Centre all weekend long. Owners can expect to find toys, fashion lines, accessories and treats plus pooches can have their photo taken with Santa.
Wine lovers can indulge at the Gourmet Food and Wine Expo at the Metro Convention Centre. Police are urging anyone who attends not to drink and drive.
Sports fans will also be kept occupied this weekend as there are a number of Grey Cup Festival events happening, while the Toronto Raptors host the Orlando Magic at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday at 1 p.m.
If you plan to out and about, transit will be your best option.