Santa Claus fans, rejoice! The Family Fun Toronto Guide to Santa Sightings in the GTA for 2021 has arrived with bells on!

After staying in lockdown at the North Pole last year (Santa: he’s just like us!), the man with the bag is back for the Ho-Ho-Holidays. Visits may be not be as up-close and personal as in pre-Covid years, but his festive spirit transcends physical distance.

Check out all the different ways you can catch up with the jolly fellow…

In-Person Santa Sightings and Visits

Canada’s Wonderland WinterFest

The amusement park becomes a winter wonderland, with holiday-themed attractions and shows, festive food and an artisan market. Take photos with Santa and even decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus.
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Casa Loma Christmas EventsCasa Loma Christmas at the Castle

Casa Loma has festive fun, day or night! During the day, see stunning holiday decorations, including a 40-foot-tall tree. Plus, kids can visit Santa in his castle workshop and interact with live holiday mascots.
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Christmas Black Creek Pioneer Village Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village

Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village! There are numerous events happening throughout December. Walk the high street, feast on Christmas dinner and meet Santa.
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Coca-Cola Holiday Truck TourCoca-Cola Holiday Truck Tour

The unmistakably red and jolly Coca-Cola Holiday Truck Tour is travelling across Canada, bringing people together with its holiday magic and making various stops in Toronto and the GTA.
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Dino Holiday 2021Dino Holiday

Your dinosaur-loving kids will roar for Dino Holiday, a 50,000-square-foot indoor theme park with carnival rides and over 45 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs.
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Fairway of Lights at Angus Glen Golf ClubFairway of Lights Angus Glen

Fairway of Lights at Angus Glen Golf Club lets you celebrate the mystery of the winter season with a new annual walking light show. Santa takes time out of his busy schedule to visit on Thursday to Sunday evenings.
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Magical Christmas Forest at Kortright Centre

Escape into the woods at the Kortright Centre! This self-guided experience includes a winter wonderland at Santa’s cabin with festive music, bonfires, children’s activities and hot chocolate.
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Nights of Lights Holiday FairNights of Lights & Holiday Fair In The Square

Nights of Lights is back bigger and brighter as a walking tour this year, after a selling out in 2020 as a drive-thru event. They have also joined festive forces with Holiday Fair In The Square to make Vaughan’s Assembly Park a holiday entertainment destination.
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Polar Winter FestivalPolar Winter Festival

After a drive-thru experience last year, the festival has expanded into a walk-through village at Bandshell Park in Exhibition Grounds, including photos with Santa taking place on the stage.
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Santa's Village TO Union StationSanta’s Village TO at Union Station

The SkyWalk at Union Station transforms into Santa’s Village TO, with story time and a meet and greet with Santa and his elves!
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Toronto Christmas Pet ExpoSanta Sightings GTA

Santa loves all of nature’s creatures, including your pets! Shop for your fur baby, check out the shows at the International Centre, and don’t miss out on getting a pet photo-op.
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Santa’s Magical Adventure at the Waterloo Central RailwaySanta's Magical Adventure Waterloo

Join Santa and his Chief Elf this season when you visit the North Pole on a historic train ride from St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market.
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York-Durham Heritage RailwaySanta Sightings GTA

There are two separate train trips where you can have an audience with the big guy: The North Pole Light UP Express and the Santa Express Train Ride, where he takes a break from his duties in the North Pole join this decorated and heated heritage train ride.
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Drive-Thru & Virtual Sightings

The Canadian Tire Christmas TrailCanadian Tire Christmas Trail

This popular drive-along experience returns for another magical season of show-stopping lights, live entertainment and festive treats over an enchanted 1.5-kilometre journey trail.
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The Original Santa Claus ParadeOriginal Santa Claus Parade

Snuggle up on the couch with your family to watch The Original Santa Claus Parade, a two-hour special on CTV on Saturday, December 4.
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Santa Sightings at the Farm

Brooks FarmBrooks Farm Festive Nights

This is an evening Christmas adventure for all ages. Enjoy tractor rides, light displays, hot drinks and marshmallow roasting along with a safe visit with Santa.
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Downey's Farm Christmas

Downey’s Farm Christmas At The Farm

Have some outdoor fun with Santa and the farm animal friends this festive season. Join the wagon ride scavenger hunt, have some hot chocolate and cookies, see the elves workshop and reindeer flight school, and enjoy a private, socially-distanced visit with the jolly man himself!
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Niemi Farm Christmas MarketNiemi Farm Christmas Market

Feel the hygge at this outdoor holiday experience with fresh local food, visits with Santa, twinkly forest lights perfect for photo opportunities, kids activities and a Scandinavian flair.
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Pingle’s Farm MarketPingles

This all-in-one event includes crafts, story time, farm animals and wagon rides. Get your socially distanced photo with Santa, pick up a tree and shop at the on-site farm market.
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Santa At The Mall

Many malls are offering pre-booked time slots for socially-distanced photos with Santa, while a few are back to a first-come first-served format. Here’s a list of the major malls the big guy is visiting in Toronto:

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Cadillac Fairview Toronto Eaton Centre
Dufferin Mall
Santa’s Village at Union Station

Scarborough Town Centre
The Grinch’s Grotto – Scarborough Town Centre

Cadillac Fairview Sherway Gardens
Cloverdale Mall Santapalooza

North York 
Cadillac Fairview – Fairview Mall
Yorkdale Mall

Shoppers World Brampton

Cadillac-Fairview Markville

Upper Canada Mall

Bass Pro Shops at Vaughan Mills

Erin Mills Town Centre

Pickering Town Centre

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