CTV airing Santa Claus parade

Montrealers had to forego the Santa Claus parade this year but kids can enjoy similar festivities on television Dec. 5 and 12

CTV Santa Claus parade

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Santa Claus will be parading into town but this year, kids will have to take in the festivities from the comfort of their own home.

CTV to air Santa Claus Parade

CTV will be showing the longstanding holiday favourite The Original Santa Claus Parade in a new, two-hour special, premiering Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. on CTV and CTV2 and showing again on Saturday, December 12 at 1 p.m. on CTV.

Filmed at Canada’s Wonderland amusement park, and adhering to all local health and safety protocols, the parade will feature 25 floats, eight marching bands, and other holiday magic including celebrity clowns. Guest performers include Dolly Parton, Kelly Clarkson and Brett Eldredge, Meghan Trainor, Ruth B., Shaggy ft. CARYS, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and more.

“We are thrilled to continue this favourite holiday tradition and welcome Santa safely into every town and city this year,” said Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty. “Without a live parade this year, it’s been a labour of joy to create even more magic for children of all ages by our longtime partners at The Original Santa Clause Parade and our talented Bell Media Studios production team.”

COVID-19 won’t keep Santa away this year

This year’s parade was filmed in advance without spectators or mass gatherings. For the first time, it is a night-time parade with dazzling lights illuminating the floats and marching bands, including a heroes-themed float highlighting frontline workers leading the fight against the pandemic.

CTV will have its own festive float that will feature a sneak peek of the holiday classics available on the CTV Holiday Hub, now streaming on CTV.ca and the CTV app. The collection includes holiday movies such as Hook, The Perfect Holiday, Eight Crazy Nights, and much more.

There will be season’s greetings from celebrities around the world, including superstars Tyra Banks, Sting, Sam Smith, Pentatonix, Paris Jackson, Mayim Bialik, Ty Dolla $ign, Brett Kissel, Bebe Rexha, Ryan Seacrest, Kelly Ripa, Ian Armitage, Giacomo Gianniotti, Jose Feliciano, Tyler Shaw, and Charlotte Cardin.