Pre-Parade Events

Santa's Workshop at Cityplace

You're invited to spend the afternoon in Santa’s Workshop.

Stop by Cityplace Winnipeg on parade day for cookies, crafts, take pictures with Santa (FREE) and all the holiday fun. 

2:00pm to 4:00 pm

Holiday Concert with Camerata Nova

2:30 - 3:30 PM

Manitoba Hydro Building, Atrium

Manitoba Hydro and the Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade invite you to a special performance by Camerata Nova featuring holiday classics and some of their own favourites. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while you enjoy this concert, sponsored by Manitoba Hydro. 

Along the parade route, local businesses and organizations will host block parties with activities for the entire family. Arrive early to enjoy a variety of activities and events including mascots, musicians, and street hockey. Thanks to the Parade Ambassadors for ensuring a fun, safe, and memorable experience for everyone. 

These enthusiastic volunteers will keep you energized while you wait for Santa! (subject to change).

Great-West Life

Vaughan to Kennedy

The cool nip in the air and fresh snow on the ground bring to mind an annual holiday tradition in the city! Your family and friends are welcome to join us and be part of the fun and excitement at the Great-West Life block party. You can all warm up with a cup of hot cocoa while enjoying several jumbo board games such as Jumbo Jenga, Life-size Connect 4 and Humungous Dominoes. Members of our GWL Holiday Choir will be entertaining everyone with holiday carols and tunes. It’s time to party in a family-friendly atmosphere right downtown where you can watch the 2018 Santa Claus Parade!

Manitoba Hydro

Edmonton to Carlton

Manitoba Hydro’s Host a Block promises to be fun and exciting!!!!  Come early and enjoy the free concert by Camerata Nova in the Gallery at Manitoba Hydro Place 360 Portage Avenue.  Concert will be held from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm.  Then join the fun outside for Manitoba Hydro’s hosted block party.  Kids are invited to meet some of Hydro’s construction crew members along with their bucket truck, learn the path of electricity from water to your light switch, and safety around electricity and natural gas. 

Manitoba Advocate for Children & Youth

Carlton to Hargrave

The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth calls all children and youth to bring their families, and join our #Carlton2Hargrave block party designed specifically for kids and youth! Try your luck in our games area where you’ll giggle your way through the Goal Post Catapult, the Lil Ladder Clambour, and the Corn Broom Zoom, hosted by our Advocacy Team: Manitoba’s Youth in Care Network. Find the Jingle Dancers and Hoop Dancers supported by a drum group warming up the crowds between demonstration games featuring Winnipeg’s Timbits Hockey clubs. And while you’re here, make sure you stop and meet the friendliest mascot in Manitoba: The Wavy Guy!

Sport Manitoba

Garry to Fort

It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to fun. Join Sport Manitoba and Fit Kids Healthy Kids for a street party between Garry and Fort. This block will be geared towards little ones aged two to ten. Kids can play a variety of winter-themed activities that will get them moving while learning some fundamental movement skills such as jumping, throwing, leaping and kicking.

Try the Snowball Throw, Tree Bowling, Reindeer Ring Toss and much more! Keep warm by being active before the parade begins. Guaranteed to be lots of fun!

Energy 106 + Hot 100.5 + CKJS 810

Portage & Main

ENERGY 106, HOT 100.5, and CKJS 810 presents the Santa Claus Pre-Parade Block Party; kicking off the parade with a MASSIVE dance party. Join ENERGY 106, HOT 100.5 and CKJS 810 at Portage and Main at 4 PM for free hot chocolate and coffee from Tim Hortons, free pizza from A Little Pizza Heaven and an amazing Christmas performance from Exhale Dance Studio! And DJ D-Lo spinning some hot tunes to warm you up!! The Santa Claus Pre-Parade Block Party—powered by A Little Pizza Heaven, Tim Hortons, Kildonan Place, Winnipeg Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Fiat, Len Dubois Trucking Inc, and Grant Park Shopping Centre.

Host a Block Party 

Is your business or organization interested in hosting a Block Party along the parade route? We'd love to hear from you. Contact Jocelyne for more information or to get involved.