New parking procedures for Kinsmen Santa Claus parade

Festive Lights Ceremony will take place at Milt Dunnell Field following the event

The Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade will once again kick-off the festive season in St. Marys on Friday, November 17. As in past years, the parade will leave the Pyramid Recreation Centre at 7:00 p.m., and travel north on James Street before making its way through the downtown core. Following the parade, Santa will visit Milt Dunnell Field for the lighting of the Festive Outdoor Light Display.

New this year, Town Council has decided to implement a two-stage parking stall closure along the busiest section of the parade route. Parking stalls on one side of Queen Street (Church Street to Water Street) and Water Street (Queen Street to Jones Street) will be closed at 7:00 a.m. the day of the event. The remaining parking stalls in both areas will be closed at 1:00 p.m. until after the parade.

The decision comes as the result of feedback received from the St. Marys Business Improvement Area (BIA) and the public. In his report to Council on Tuesday, October 24, Director of Public Works, Jed Kelly, explained that the closure will address concerns about the safety of child spectators, who, in past years, had to move between parked cars to see the parade. The parking stall closure will also help reduce the potential health and environmental effects of exhaust from idling vehicles.

Parking will remain available on streets adjacent to the parade route. Spectators are also encouraged to use municipal parking lots at Water Street, Jones Street and Elgin Street (Canadian Tire).

Additional Information

Community organizations and businesses wishing to enter a float in the parade may contact Kinsmen Andrew Hodges at 519-284-2820. Questions about the parking space closure and Festive Outdoor Light Display may be directed to the Town at 519-284-2340.

The Festive Outdoor Light Display will continue evenings at dusk until January 8, 2018. Horse-drawn wagon rides are scheduled for December 16, 17, 23 and 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For details about the light display visit

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