Broadcaster Magazine

CTV Announces Return of Annual Santa Claus Parade


It’s the hap-happiest season of all! Canada’s beloved family event  kicks off the holiday season as The 112TH Annual Santa Claus Parade  marches on Sunday, November 20th  on CTV, and CTV Atlantic.




For the seventh straight year, CTV is the exclusive broadcast partner of the annual holiday spectacle, and longest-running children’s parade in the world. Hosting this year’s 90-minute broadcast is The Social’s Marci Ien and Your Morning’s Kelsey McEwen with E! and ETALK’s Chloe Wilde returning as the broadcast’s roving parade reporter. This year’s event features all-new floats, special celebrity cameos, and a performance by JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter Johnny Reid, who will also co-host throughout the broadcast.

Some of the biggest stars in entertainment join in the festivities this year to help spread the holiday cheer with exclusive yuletide greetings from Brampton’s-very-own Alessia Cara, comedian and actor Russell Peters, Gotham’s Jessica Lucas, YouTube sensation Connor Franta, and more.

“We are overjoyed to have Canadian icon Johnny Reid join us for broadcast,” said John Kampilis, Executive Producer, In-House Productions, Bell Media. “Having him perform and join the parade as co-host will be a great addition to the festivities, bringing holiday cheer to viewers across the country.”

“I’m thrilled to be performing on and co-hosting  on CTV,” said parade performer Johnny Reid. “It’s an incredible opportunity to celebrate the gift of holidays with family, friends, and fellow Canadians across our great country.”

Adding to the memorable lineup, The 112TH Annual Santa Claus Parade debuts several newly designed floats this season, including representing the hit animated television series Peppa Pig, Disney’s highly anticipated upcoming film Moana, and the phenomenon that took over the world, Pokémon. The broadcast will also ring in the holidays with season’s greetings from families around the globe; children reading letters to Santa and singing Christmas carols; a behind the scenes look at the parade’s marching bands, Santa’s workshop, hundreds of performers; and a visit from the one-and-only Santa Claus.  

In addition to on-air coverage, CTV’s parade-day essential website returns with all of the latest  news, on-demand access post-broadcast, as well as exclusive video content.