Santa Claus Parade Free Skate

Nov 17, 2019

The countdown to Christmas begins with the St. Catharines Santa Claus parade! Come for the skate, and stay for the parade on November 17th. 

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Skate Before the Parade

  • Doors: 1:30 p.m.
  • Skate: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Please bring a non-perishable food item, hats or mittens for Community Care St. Catharines & Thorold.Kids, Canada Post will be collecting letters for Santa along the parade route.
  • Parade Begins: 4:45 p.m.

Entry & Parking

  • Enter through the Rankin Bridge only
  • Parking is still very limited and we encourage skaters to park in one of the city lots or street parking. View our parking guide here.


  • Doors open at 1:30 pm with access to change rooms to lace-up.
  • Everyone14 and under must wear a CSA approved helmet at all times.
  • No Equipment on the ice (sticks, pucks, etc...)
  • Only plastic skating aids are permitted
  • The Meridian Centre does not rent out skates or provide helmets
  • Staff is not responsible for lost or stolen items
  • Lost and Found Information: please call 905-684-8400 with a description of the item as well as the date you attended. 

Post-Party Details

A very special partnership event hosted in conjunction with the Hotel Dieu Shaver Tree Lighting Celebration at Market Square from 4pm to 7pm

  • Visit with Santa & Mrs Claus - bring your own camera for photos with Santa from 5:00 p.m.– 5:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Join Hotel Dieu Shaver as they flip the holiday switch and offically like the Holiday Tree at City Hall. 
  • Kids Crafts
  • Face Painting
  • Pony Rides (outside)
  • Inflatables
  • Food Trucks & Vendors

Parade Information

During events, parking at the Meridian Centre is limited to accessible spots with a government issued permit. However, there are some easy parking options available in the downtown core. Visit our Parking page for specifics.

No professional lenses, please disable flash on personal phones and cameras. Please note that you may be video recorded or photographed while in the venue during events.

There are no upcoming showings at this time.