Port Colbornes annual lighted Santa Claus parade

Posted by Michelle Idzenga on Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Since 2001 the parade has marked the beginning of the Holiday Season as an opportunity for families to watch Old Saint Nicholas rolling into Port Colborne. Kicking off at 6:30 p.m., hundreds of people line the parade route at night to watch the seemingly endless number of colourful floats lit with Christmas lights.

Beginning at Port Colborne High School and travelling south on Steele Street to Clarence Street the parade will then move east on Clarence Street to West Street.  Making its way south on West Street to Charlotte Street, the parade will then travel west on Charlotte Street to end at the Market Square, in front of City Hall. Note: parking restrictions and road closures will be in effect.


Note: The parade route impacts the new Welland Transits bus route. Any buses scheduled to stop at City Hall between 5 – 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 will be stopping/dropping off at the Port Colborne Public Library, 310 King Street. Parking restrictions and road closures will also be in effect on Dec. 7.

The following areas will be closed to street parking and through traffic for staging the parade floats from 4 - 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019:

1.    Fielden Avenue from the southern limit of Killaly Street to the southern limit of Elgin Street; and
2.    Elgin Street from the eastern limit of Steele Street to the western limit of Elm Street


The following areas will be closed to street parking from 4 - 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 to allow for safe pedestrian viewing of the parade from boulevards/sidewalks, as well as allowing the parade floats to move unrestricted throughout the parade route, and disperse at the end of the parade route at Charlotte Street and Catharine Street.

1.    Clarence Street from the western limit of Steele Street to the eastern limit of West Street; 2.    West Street from the northern limit of Clarence Street to the southern limit of Charlotte Street; and
3.    Charlotte Street from the western limit of Elm Street to the eastern limit of West Street.


Throughout the parade route, there will be temporary barricade road closures at the following intersections to restrict through traffic onto the parade route as set out in 2019 Santa Clause Parade Route: 


1. North and west intersections of Steele Street and Elgin Street

2. East intersection of Steele Street at Carter Street 

3. East intersection of Steele Street at Park Street

4. East intersection of Steele Street at Tugboat Lane

5. West and south intersections of Steele Street and Clarence Street

6. North and south intersections of Fielden Ave. at Clarence Street

7. North and south intersections of Elm Street at Clarence Street

8. North and south intersections of Catharine Street at Clarence Street

9. North and south intersections of King Street at Clarence Street 

10. North and east intersections of West Street at Clarence Street

11. South intersection of West Street at Charlotte Street

12. North and south intersections of King Street at Charlotte Street

13. East and north intersections of Charlotte Street and Catharine Street 


Parade route map:

 King George Park will light up the downtown core prior to the parade’s start, sponsored by Allison’s Department Store. Niagara Face Painting will be set up in King George Park to paint kids’ faces for free. A photo booth will also be set up in the park.

In partnership with Port Cares, the Port Colborne Fire Department will be collecting unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items along the parade route.


Canada Post will be collecting letters for Santa. It is important children address their letters to:



It is also important that children write their RETURN address for Santa to respond! 


The Mayor’s float will be showcasing the winning designs of the 2019 Christmas card contest. The winning designers are: Maria Gonzalez, Ryleigh Huneault, Mercedes Allen, Nathan Saltarelli, Kaelyn Laramee, Ksenia Rungi-Ruston, and Ashton Anderson.

Returning this year, parade entries are being judged and there is a “People’s Choice” category. Parade goers are encouraged to PORTicipate & cast their vote for their FAVOURITE float after the parade. To vote visit http://portcolborne.ca/page/Christmas_in_Port_Colborne. Participants that vote for their favourite float will be added into a draw to win a prize too, thanks to Canadian Tire. Voting closes Monday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. 

Entries are also judged by a panel of community members, including Councillor Angie Desmarais, Betty Konc, President of the Downtown BIA, Cheryle Davidson, a representative from the Port Colborne Optimists Club, Brandon Warby from 91.7 Giant FM and Eryk Trickett from Country 89.1.

Categories are: Business; Community Group/School and Musical and criteria include lighted, themed, spirit and creativity.

Afterwards, children are welcome to visit with Santa and enjoy fair trade hot chocolate at the Guild Hall.

Parade attendees can expect to see 56 floats:



Port Colborne Fire - Full time


Port Colborne Volunteer Fire


Mayor & City Float


Port Colborne Fair Trade Committee


MP Vance Badawey




Friends of the Port Colborne Lighthouses


Portal Village Retirement Home


Auto Know Parts


Notre Dame Drumline & Pom Corps


La Boite A Soleil


2nd PC Scouts


Port Colborne Lions Club


Port Colborne Lioness


West Seneca Marching Band


Bikers Rights Organization


W2 Dance Studio


Crime Stoppers of Niagara


Niagara Paramedics


The Lock Wood Fired Pizza


Search and Rescue Niagara


MPP Jeff Burch


NLCC Victory


Port Colborne Girl Guides


Lakeshore Catholic High school


Canadian Niagara Power


Niagara Antique Power Association


Wave Girls Hockey


Niagara Falls BMX Park


Port Colborne High school


Bodners Market


Port Colborne Welland & District Shrine Club


Sherkston Shores Resort


Port Colborne Sailors Peewee Rep


Murdoch Tire and Automotive


Christian Life Assembly


Port Colborne Optimist Club


Niagara Regional Minor Football Association


Merrittville Speedway


Quad Niagara ATV Club


Over the Rainbow/Carnivore Cupboard/Bridget’s


Port Colborne 79 Lynton Davies Air Cadets


Dance Expressions


Sir John Colborne Youth Soccer Club


Tender Cuts


Welland Transit


Giant FM/Country 89


Port Colborne Feline Initiative


Bremfield’s & Erie Muffler and Brake


J. Robitaille Trucking + Dain City Recreation Committee


Property Guys


Tow N Go Concrete


K Motion


Frosty the Snowman


Canada Post


Santa Claus



Special thanks to parade sponsors:

Santa’s Sponsors: Scotiabank, Canadian Tire, CIBC, Brandon’s No Frills, Sherk Timber Mart, and Newport Signs.

Santa’s Helpers: Sid Grabell Contracting

Silver Bells: Enbridge Gas Distribution and Desjardins.

Lighted Tree Sponsor: Allison’s Department Store







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