You know he’s making his list and checking it twice, so schedule some face time to make sure you’re on Santa’s nice list this year.

1. Grey Cup Festival Santa Claus Parade – November 28, Winnipeg

This year’s parade joins with the celebration of the Grey Cup Festival for a 17-block downtown street party like none other. Start with the Santa’s Block Party Activities – play street hockey and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate before the parade makes its way down Portage Avenue.


2. Santa in the Forest – November 28 & December 6, FortWhyte Alive

Santa in the Forest at FortWhyte Alive

Forget the mall, see Santa in his natural environment – the winter wonderland that is FortWhyte Alive. Get a family photo of with the big guy in red after you tell him what’s on your wish list.


3. Christmas Parade – November 29, Thompson

Father Christmas arrives in Thompson for this holiday parade that travels up Cree Road to Thompson Drive. This kickoff for the Christmas season also includes tobogganing, indoor activities, along with hot chocolate and goodies.


4. Festival of Lights Santa Claus Parade – December 4, Stonewall

This Friday night tradition on Stonewall’s Main Street features over 40 brightly lit floats and bundled up crowds joyfully awaiting Santa’s appearance.


5. Breakfast with Santa – various


Buddy the Elf taught us that maple syrup is one of the elves’ four food groups, so join Santa for a pancake breakfast on December 5 at Little Britain United Church Hall in Lockport, La Rivière & Community Recreation Centre, or Warren Memorial Hall, or December 6 at Pilot Mound Millennium Recreation Complex.


6. Santa at the Marsh – November 28, Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre

Santa at the Marsh at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre

Santa imitates the thousands of birds that stop at the marsh on their way south for a day of games and activities. Get your photos taken with Santa or join him on a horse-drawn wagon ride through the marsh.


7. Christmas at the Museum – December 5, Carman

Vintage Christmas at Dufferin Museum

Photo by Conrad Poirier

The picturesque setting of the Dufferin Historical Museum is the perfect place to enjoy an evening sleigh ride, carols and a visit from jolly ol’ Saint Nick.


8. Christmas at the Fort – December, Dauphin

Inside the wooden palisade of Fort Dauphin, enjoy sleigh rides, holiday stories, bannock in the tipi, along with a special visit from Santa.


9. Santa comes to Kleefeld – December 5, Kleefeld

Lighting the Christmas tree kicks off the holiday season in Kleefeld, Manitoba

Photo by Jonathan McIntosh

The holiday season in this south eastern Manitoba community starts with the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, followed by an appearance from Kris Kringle. Other activities includes skating and tobogganing.


10. Brandon Santa Parade – November 21, Brandon

Catch Santa as he makes his way down Rosser and Princess Avenues. Hop aboard free transportation from Brandon Transit to the parade route and bring a non-perishable item for to help spread the joy of the season. Plus Canada Post will also be on site collecting letters for Santa, so start working on your list!

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