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 face painting, crafts, take pictures with Santa (FREE) and all the holiday fun. 

2:00pm to 4:00 pm

More info on Cityplace's website HERE

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).

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 for Snowman Bowling, The Winter Pumpkin Roll, or Winter Parka Hula Hooping, or join us as we cheer on a Timbit’s hockey demo game! And while you’re here, make sure you stop and high-five the friendliest mascot in Manitoba: The Wavy Guy!

Sport Manitoba

Garry to Fort

t’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 Reindeer Ring Toss, Tug of War, Snowball Target Toss, Christmas Cornhole, Rudolph Training, and Santa’s Workshop. Keep warm by being active before the parade begins. Guaranteed to be lots of fun!

Energy 106 + Hot 100.5 + CKJS 810

Portage & Main

Join ENERGY 106 at 4 PM for free pizza from Slice's Pizza, tea from DAVIDsTEA, bath bomb samples from The Bomb Bar and check out an amazing Christmas dance performance by Exhale Dance Studio.

DJ Anto from the Five O’clock ENERGY Mix will also be there spinning hot tunes to keep you warm.

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.