10AM Saturday December 1, 2018

Whitby Santa Claus Parade

Operated by JCI Durham

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Whitby Santa Claus Parade

The Whitby Santa Claus Parade operated by JCI Durham has been held on the first Saturday of December for 49 consecutive years. An event for all ages, the Whitby Santa Claus Parade showcases over 70 organizations holiday spirt as they walk along the Brock St. parade route.



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Parade Route Changed

The parade’s starting point at the intersection of Brock Street North and Manning Road will remain the same, however the parade will now take the following detour:
  • right on Dundas Street West;
  • left on Byron Street South; and,
  • left on Colborne Street, before turning right on Brock Street South and continuing to the original parade end point at the intersection of Brock Street South and Trent Street.
All other elements of the parade will remain the same, including the 10 a.m. start time.

Please line up along the sidewalks and boulevards of the parade route.


Road access to Brock St. between Manning Rd. and Burns. St. will be closed for the parade. Please park on side streets along the parade route.

Parade Day Checklist

  • Dress Appropriately Based On Weather
  • Bring Blankets/Lawn Chairs To Sit On
  • Bring Non-Perishable Food Donations
  • Bring Letter To Santa
  • Bring Snacks & Warm Beverages

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

If your company is interested in sponsoring the Whitby Santa Claus Parade this year, we would love to hear from you. Send us a quick email and we’ll get right back to you with some more information on sponsorship opportunities.

Join us Saturday December 2, 2017 for the annual Whitby Santa Claus Parade.


What was it like to volunteer?

  • It was a fantastic first experience for my family. It allowed us to be actively involved with our community.

    Danielle McCann

    Danielle McCann

    2016 Whitby Santa Claus Parade Volunteer

Learn more about volunteering!


Participating in the Whitby Santa Claus Parade is a unique experience to see the joy of others expressed as you make your way along the parade route.

How to participate in the parade?

JCI Durham has two different categories participants can enter the parade under Community Groups Entries & Commercial Entries. JCI Durham limits the number of participants in each category and registrations are taken on a first come first serve basis during the categories registration period. Please ensure you read the Parade Theme, Rules & Regulations & Parade Officials sections below before registering.

Community Group Entry registration begins on October 1, 2017 and ends when sold out or November 15, 2017 - SOLD OUT

Commercial Entry registration begins October 15, 2017 and ends when sold out or November 15, 2017 - SOLD OUT

Parade Theme

The 2017 Whitby Santa Claus Parade theme is “Candy Cane Christmas”. This was selected by JCI Durham as this years theme as traditionally candy canes are red and white like the Canadian Flag and with 2017 marking Canada’s 150th anniversary we felt it would be a nice touch to continue the celebration.

Rules & Regulations

A limit of one entry into the Whitby Santa Claus Parade is permitted per organization.

An entry is limited to a maximum length of 60 feet.

All participants are responsible for ensuring that the design and operation of their entry is safe and reliable. Entries must comply with all safety, regulations, listening, codes, etc. Safety of participants and the general public is a top priority. Safety is the ultimate responsibility of each individual entry.

Participants should not have their feet dangling over the sides of entries motorized vehicles, trailers, etc.

Participants should not be transported on open roads to or from the parade on the back of motorized vehicles, trailers, etc.

Entries must always maintain a forward motion unless they are asked to stop by a parade marshall or an emergency stop is required. All entries must keep pace with the parade to prevent gaps between entries and ensure the parade is finished on time so roads can be reopened to traffic.

All parade entries and participants must be decorated based on the theme of the parade. Motorized vehicles and trailers included. Entries that are not decorated may be removed from the parade at the discretion of JCI Durham.

Under no circumstances is anything to be thrown or tossed along the parade route. This includes candy and snowballs (if they exist). Participants may distribute individually packaged candy by hand to spectators. Please do so at the edge of the road as we do not want children encouraged to run into the street.

Parade entries are not permitted to sell any goods or services along the parade route or in the staging areas.

Parade entries are not permitted to distribute printed or promotional materials along the parade route or in the staging areas.

Please do not litter

Drugs, alcohol and smoking are forbidden on any entry. Any participant suspected of being under the influence will be removed from the parade.

Entries will be assigned a spot in the parade order when registering for the parade. The parade order can be changed at the discretion of JCI Durham at any point in time. Ticket numbers are being issued in reverse order. Ticket 80 is the start of the parade, ticket 1 is the end of the parade (Santa Claus)

The staging area will be on Manning Rd. from Brock St. to Garden St.

Manning Rd. from Brock St. to Garden St. will be closed in both directions beginning at 8AM.

Entries with motorized vehicles will enter the marshalling area from Garden St. onto Manning Rd.

Entries with motorized vehicles are to arrive at the staging area between 8:00 and 9:00 AM to avoid any possible accident with children. Entries with motorized vehicles that are not in the marshalling area by 9:00 AM may be removed from the parade at the discretion of JCI Durham.

Entries will begin aligning in order on the north side of Manning Rd. at Brock St. facing west. Entrants will continue to be lined up until Garden St.

Any entry may be refused up to the start of the parade if it does not meet this guidelines or differ from its approved entry form.

Parade Officials

Parade Officials are in the orange reflective vests. Please follow their directions! They are trying to work in the best interest of public safety and for the enjoyment all participants and spectators.

Registration Period Closed

Registrations were taken on a first come first serve basis.

All spots have been registered.

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