2023 Brockville Rotary Santa Claus Parade

Welcome to the official website for the 2023 Brockville Rotary Santa Claus Parade.


The Rotary Clubs of Brockville, along with City of Brockville officials and employees, have spoken with Santa and Mrs. Claus and they said that this was one of the best parades they ever attended!

Upwards of 10,000 spectators took in the sounds, colours and lights in downtown Brockville, Ontario for about 2-1/2 hours as the 2023 Brockville Santa Clause Parade moved past them.

This year's parade chair Ken Holliday was proud to share,"The weather for the night cooperated and we had 90 entries, with 1,278 participants, 3 bands, 104 vehicles, and 53 dogs spanning a distance of 2.2 km!

We are so pleased with the the perfomance of 50+ volunteers, including Rotarians and a group of 17, St. Lawrence College, Pre-Service Firefighter Program Students.

2023 Brockville Rotary Santa Claus Parade Poster 8.5 x 11

2023 Brockville Rotary Santa Claus Parade Poster 11 x 17

2023 Interview with Cogeco YourTV

2023 Interview with Hometown TV12

2023 Interview with Move 104.9

November 25

Winning Entries

  • Best Overall Entry - 1st Place - The Thrill Dancers - Entry #75
  • Best Overall Entry - 2nd Place - Sherwood Park Manor - Entry #56
  • Best Overall Entry - 3rd Place - St. Lawrence Lodge - Entry #27
  • Best Band - Brockville Lions Steel Drum Band - Entry #67
  • Most Humorous Entry - Misfits (Outcast) - Entry #73
  • Best Automated Entry - Aquatarium - Entry #20
  • Best Walking Entry - Queens Band - Entry #37

  • Honourable Mentions

    • Boldt Dance Studio - Entry #23
    • Brockville and District Hospital Foundation - Entry #15
    • Brockville Youth Darts - Entry #22
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This year's theme

This year's theme is "Christmas Fun and Games".

To help with your creative process, we have listed the following subcategories for you to work from:

  • Outdoor activities like skating and tobogganing, hockey, snow sculpting
  • Classic toys like rocking horses and teddy bears, dolls (Barbie of course this year!), drums, toy soldiers, etc.
  • Board games like chess, Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders
  • Video games and/or characters
  • Decorating the Christmas tree and home
  • Road trips to family, or vacations and travel

This list is only a rough guide to get you started. Let your imagination snowball with your float design, and feel free to combine themes (e.g. classic toy characters building a snowman or baking cookies). Remember to add colourful festive lights for this nighttime parade (but no strobes please). Music is also an option, especially if it relates closely to your design theme. Put on your thinking toques -- or ugly Christmas sweaters --- and have fun!

Last year's parade was a welcomed returned to a post-COVID-19 "back to the norm" and we are anticipating upwards of 100 entries this year.

The entries could be pulled by vehicles, walking, riding, bands, animals, chorists and clowns, all with the theme of a Christmas Fun and Games in mind.

This is a reminder for you to bring your Letters to Santa. Thanks to Canada Post again this year for offering to pick up the Letters to Santa.

Click on this link to go to Canada Post's web page for help on how to address your letter! Write a letter to Santa

Visit this site often, as it is continually being updated with new information.


As with any large event, traffic congestion can always turn something special into something frustrating, unless you plan ahead.

To maintain the safety of the visitors, no parking will be available on the parade route.

Please see the "Road Closures" section below for important details necessary to plan your route to the area.

We recommend that you consider walking and leaving your vehicle at home or further away from the downtown core.

This will leave spaces available for visitors who may have difficulty managing the extended distances.

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Parade Route

The parade will begin on North Augusta Road at Pearl Steet, continue South to King Street then turn right (West) on King Street and continue to Gilmore Street at Rotary Park.

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float entries

The deadline to complete registration was Wednesday, November 22, 2023 7:00 p.m.

There was NO cost to register your entry into the parade.

Due to parade day logistics, anyone arriving without having registered on-line prior to the deadline, will be refused entry into this year's parade.

River of Lights

river of lights

The River of Lights is a COVID-19 safe holiday light display on Blockhouse Island which includes thousands of twinkle lights and flood lights set to music. The show is approximately 40 minutes in length before repeating the Set. Tune your car radio to 88.1FM and enjoy the show from the comfort of your vehicle. The first and final hours each night display a static light show (no music), while between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm each night the light and sound show will run in a loop, making the trees dance with lights as a mix of contemporary music and classic holiday tunes entertain you.

The show runs nightly from November 25, 2023 to January 2, 2024 from 5pm-11pm.

Please visit the River of Lights website for more details.

Road Barricade

road closures

The following is a list of road closures which will remain in effect on Nov 25, 2023 from 2:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. during the event.

  • From 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm - North Augusta Road from Reynolds Drive to Pearl Street E in both directions
  • From 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm - North Augusta Road from Pearl Street E to King Street E in both directions
  • From 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm - King Street E from North Augusta Rd to King Street W @ Gilmour Street in both directions
  • Each intersection East and West along North Augusta Road from Reynolds Drive to King Street E will be barricaded
  • Each intersection North and South along King Street East to Gilmore Street will be barricaded

Volunteers will be taking the barricades down as soon as it is safe to do so as the end of the parade passes each intersection.

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Road Barricade


Thank you to ALL of the volunteers which helped to make this parade a reality. It truely would not have happened without you!

our sponsors

Thank you to ALL of this year's sponsors. Their generosity in a community of our size speaks volumes!

We hope everyone considers these special businesses first for your next purchase or meal out.

Moose McGuire's logo sponsor

Kelsey's logo sponsor

Ketchum logo sponsor

DBIA logo sponsor

Pizza Pizza logo sponsor

Holliday Enterprises logo sponsor

Beattie Dodge logo sponsor

Drivepoint logo sponsor

Canada Post logo sponsor

Ground Master Ltd logo sponsor

Aquatarium logo sponsor

Culligan Eastern Ontario logo sponsor

Hometown TV12 logo sponsor

YourTV Brockville logo sponsor

Weagant Farm Supplies logo sponsor

Bounce 103.7 logo sponsor

Tim Hortons Brockville logo sponsor

Move 104.9 logo sponsor

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Keystorm logo sponsor

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Our Partners:

City of Brockville

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Downtown Brockville

Downtown Brockville

Brockville, ON, Canada

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