Get ready for a visit from Santa as our community comes together at our 70th Anniversary of the Trenton Santa Claus Parade. The parade this year takes place on Sunday, November 26 at 4:30 pm. Bundle up and head out to see all the wonderful floats built by local businesses, organizations and service clubs. Listen to a selection of bands from across the region as they play some Christmas favorites for the community to enjoy. These bands are funded through our sponsors and by donations from local businesses, service groups and individuals.
This year, we are dedicating the parade to a longtime volunteer, Bryan Swartman. Bryan has retired from the parade after being our Parade Marshall for close to 40 years. He assisted with the float line-up, the behind the scenes logistics and ensuring the parade left Centennial Park on time. “The Santa Claus Parade does not happen without the dedicated volunteers behind the scenes,” states Suzanne Andrews, CEO at the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce. “Bryan has been leading the efforts of the volunteer fire fighters and other volunteers for so many years and his efforts are truly appreciated, we are pleased to be able to honour his impact this way.”
The parade will leave Centennial Park at 4:30 pm, make its way up Campbell St, and then follows Dundas St East over the bridge and through downtown around 5:00 pm. Everyone is encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank and toy for the Kinsmen Toy Drive. Watch for the Canada Post carriers as they walk through the parade to collect your letters and deliver them directly to Santa at the North Pole! Address your Santa letter to Santa Claus, North Pole, HOH OHO Canada. Remember to include your return address!
The Quinte West Chamber of Commerce and the Santa Claus Parade Committee have been working hard to make sure the community has a great parade this year. The parade is financially supported by the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce, City of Quinte West, and the following parade sponsors: Salon Eleven, McDonalds Trenton, Seasons Dufferin Centre, Trinity Fire and Security, Batawa Ski Hill, Scott’s Haulage & Excavating Ltd, Trenton Cold Storage, and Whitley Newman Financial Services.
Donations are still being accepted to help finance the cost of the parade and the Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the following businesses who have made donations to our parade so far: Action Towing, Bill’s Johns, Canada Post, C. Smith Bus Lines, County Audio Visuals, Domtech Inc, Randall’s Office Supply, Larry’s Towing, M&R Automotive, Martins Bus Lines, The Trentonian, Titanium Trucking, Trenton DBIA, and the Trenton Lions Club.
This parade takes place in the evening so please remember floats are to be to illuminated and decorated as best as possible. Don’t forget to vote after the parade for the Salon Eleven People’s Choice Award for your favourite float. You can vote online at www.quintewestchamber.ca, enter your ballot from the Trentonian at the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce.
If you would like to enter a float or make a donation, please contact the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce at 613-392-7635 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations can be made to the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce at 97 Front St., Trenton, ON K8V 4N6.