Santa Comes to Milton November 16th

You better watch out.

Santa Claus makes his return to Milton this coming weekend Sunday November 16th starting at 130pm.  The parade route is the same as last year so make your plans now and pick your spot along Main Street.  The parade will begin at Main & Scott Blvd and move along historic downtown Milton and end at the Milton GO Station.

The usual mainstays of the parade will be there as well.  Milton Transit and the STUFF A BUS will be there so please bring some non perishable food items for our local food bank.  Members of the Milton Rotary Club will be walking the parade route with big buckets for donations.  As many know, the Milton Santa Claus parade is funded totally from donations and sponsors and every little bit helps.

Kids can also bring their letters to Santa as well!  Lots of fun for the whole family and a great way to kick off the Christmas season.

I look forward to seeing everyone there at this years Milton Santa Claus parade.  For more information please visit their website.

Better be good…for goodness sake! HO HO HO!

Santa Claus Comes To Milton This SUNDAY!

Hang on to your hats everyone.  Santa Claus is coming to town this SUNDAY!

Please be reminded that there is a new route this year.  It no longer starts on Bronte Street but starts at Scott along Main Street.  This is due to the sheer numbers involved in the parade each and every year.  The parade no longer ends at Milton Mall but will continue along Main Street to the Milton GO Station.

I know its said every year its going to be the best yet, but organizers of the Milton Santa Claus Parade are telling me, you aint seen nothing yet.

Look forward to seeing everyone out this year.  Make sure you bring some food for the Stuff a Bus to assist our local Salvation Army Food Bank….bring your letters for Santa as well.

HO HO HO!!!

Record Donations for Milton Stuff A Bus

Milton Transit’s Holiday Stuff-a-Bus BREAKS record for donations

Milton Transit held its most successful holiday “Stuff-a-Bus” to date on Sunday, November 18, 2012 during the Milton Santa Claus parade.

In total, over 4,350 lbs of food were collected benefiting the Salvation Army food bank in Milton and thousands of dollars worth of toys in support of Toys for Tots.

“On behalf of Milton Transit, I would like to thank our generous Milton community and the many volunteers who helped make this year’s holiday Stuff-a-Bus such a great success,” said Milton Mayor Gord Krantz.

Milton Transit will hold its next “Stuff-a-Bus” early March 2013, in time for Easter celebrations.

For more information on Milton Transit, visit www.milton.ca, e-mail transit@milton.ca or call 905‑864-4141.

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Santa Claus Parade Needs Volunteers

 

In yesterday’s Milton Canadian Champion the word went out that this years installment of the Santa Claus parade needs volunteers to help.  If you are interested, please contact Samanta Attew at (905) 693-0369.

You can find out more about the 2010 Milton Santa Claus Parade by going to www.miltonsantaclausparade.org which contains information on sponsors, the parade route and contact information if you would like to help out.

Last year over 20,000 people attended the parade and this year looks to top that number.  Sunday November 21st is the date.  There will be a bus that collects food for the Salvation Army, so please bring some non-perishable items and it will be collected along the parade route.  Letters to Santa are also welcome from the children and will be “express deleivered” to the big guy himself.

If you would like to download a map of the parade route, click here.  It’s the same route as last year (the date on the map is 2009)

I’ll look forward to seeing everyone there at the parade.

 

Santa Claus Came To Town

The weather was sunny with some clouds.  The people were lined up along Main Street all cuddling in their blankets.  The kids had smiles on their faces a mile wide….yep, you guessed it.

Santa Claus was coming to town.

The big guy didnt disappoint anyone either as some of the best floats we have ever seen in the Milton parade made their way down Main Street.

We were perched out in front of Knox church to take in the festivities.  My inlaws made their way up from Cathcart Ontario (in between Brantford and Paris if you have to google it) to witness what has been described as one of the best, if not THE best Santa Claus parades in Ontario.

Mike the Barber had his doors wide open giving out free hot chocolate, coffee and snacks for everyone!  Thanks Mike!!!

The parade itself didnt last as long as last years with my calculation being just over an hour and a half to see Santa come down on his sleigh.  Standing there in the chilling air, we could hear the ooo’s and ahhhh’s from those lining the streets as the floats got better and better.  I dont know of the official count but it seemed there were less floats than previous years…which might lend to the fact that the parade didnt last as long either.

All in all I can honestly say that we had a blast and every year seems to improve on the previous one.  This is just one of the reasons Milton is an amazing town.  A well organized parade and the people  of the town taking it all in.

Here is a story from the Champion by Stephanie Hounsell on the history of the parade in Milton.  Local historian and member of the Milton Walk of Fame Jim Dills is a fantastic source of information.

For many Milton residents, the Christmas season unofficially kicks off when jolly old St. Nick makes his way through town at the tail of the Milton Santa Claus Parade, as he’ll do Sunday afternoon.

Although change has come to Milton in a big way over the past few years with its burgeoning population and ever-expanding neighbourhoods, it’s nice to see some things, like the annual parade, can be counted on.

Local historian Jim Dills has compiled a wealth of neat information on Santa’s arrival in Milton throughout the years.

According to Dills, Mr. Claus made his first appearance in 1907 at the shop of a local merchant.

There was no parade — that came later. But the tradition had begun.

Christmas celebrations were kept low-key in years like those during the First World War and in 1924 when there was an outbreak of measles, Dills said. But in 1925, the community and merchants organized a program that saw Santa ride along Main Street on the radiator of a motorcar.

A bona fide parade took place in 1933, and that continued for nearly two decades thanks to the Royal Canadian Legion and firefighters. Bags of candy were packed by volunteers and given out to kids along the route. In 1965, Santa arrived in spectacular fashion, via helicopter.

There were years, Dills wrote, when it doesn’t seem there was any parade at all. But more often than not, community groups and citizens went to great lengths to provide an experience that would usher in the Christmas spirit in celebratory fashion.

To this day, volunteers continue to spend hours and hours to ensure the tradition lives on.

A hearty thank you to you all.