‘Tis the season for Santa Claus parades, winter festivals, and all things merry and bright! We’ll have more detail on some of these events as the season progresses, but we wanted to make sure you had all the details of when and where at your fingertips, as we know the family calendar can get busy this time of year. We’ll also add in more events as we find them, so if you know of a great holiday parade or winter festival in New Brunswick that should be on the list, let us know! We started with a focus on Southeastern New Brunswick, but will expand.
We’ve listed the parades and festivals in order of their scheduled date, so you can plan appropriately. Click through to the highlighted source links for updates on routes, weather, and more.
A Selection of 2019 New Brunswick Santa Claus Parades
Greater Moncton Area
One of the largest holiday parades in the country! The Greater Moncton Santa Claus Parade takes place November 23, 2019 at 5pm, with this year’s theme being ‘Family Traditions.’
The Towns of Quispamsis and Rothesay co-host the 21st annual KV Santa Claus Parade at 6pm on November 23, 2019.
Shediac’s annual Santa Claus parade is happening Friday, November 29 at 7pm.
The annual Bouctouche Christmas Parade is scheduled for November 30, 2019 at 6pm.
The Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade takes place November 30, 2019. It starts on the city’s northside at 5pm. The theme is ‘Unwrap the Magic of Christmas.’
Hampton’s 8th annual Santa Claus Parade takes place November 30, 2019 at 6pm.
Santa arrives in Saint Andrews on November 30, 2019 at 5:30pm, with a parade from NBCC along Water Street to the arena where Santa and Mrs. Claus greet children.
The annual Santa parade in Cap-Pelé in happening December 1, 2019 at 6pm. The parade begins at Tediche Street and moves along Acadie Road to Robichaud Street. Everyone is welcome to the Knights of Columbus Hall after for a photo with Santa, as well as hot cocoa and cookies.
The Town of Woodstock’s annual Santa Claus Parade is being held December 1, 2019 at 6pm.
This is always a popular parade – lots of love in the many floats, but a quieter experience for families who don’t love the crowds of the cities. The Petitcodiac Santa Claus Festival of Lights Parade takes place Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7pm. Be sure to plan to stay and visit with Santa at the Fire Hall after the parade!
Sussex’s Santa Claus Parade takes place December 7, 2019 at 6:30pm. The theme is ‘The Lights of Christmas.’
Pickle Planet’s Parade Watching Tips
- Grab some glow sticks and silly hats.
- Bring snacks, including something warm in a thermos.
- Dress the kiddos in their PJs under their snowsuits for added fun – and ease at bedtime.
- Find a spot with a public washroom nearby (or a workplace you can access in an emergency).
- Don’t forget hats, mitts, and scarves for the adults as well as the kids.
- Most parades have volunteers collecting for the food bank and postal carriers gathering letters to Santa. Don’t forget to bring yours!
- Bring a camp chair or blanket to sit on, but be courteous of others.
- Invite friends and family to join you; it’s great to have one person save your spot while another takes a walk with little people not used to waiting.
- Be sure to take home whatever you bring with you; litter left along the route gets you straight on Santa’s naughty list!
Some 2020 Winter Festivals in New Brunswick
Wild Lights at the Magnetic Hill Zoo
This annual fundraiser transforms the zoo into a sparkling wonderland! Open all of December, except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and until January 4.
Proclaimed as Atlantic Canada’s largest winter celebration, Frostival is nearly three weeks long, with more than 150 events throughout the city in January 16 to February 2, 2020. Enjoy everything from a music festival to an outdoor wonderland to culinary and craft experiences and more.
Shediac celebrates its 42nd Winter Carnival starting at the end of January, with festival mascot Bonhomme Coueche arriving for Groundhog Day.
Dieppe embraces winter with Fun on Ice at Place 1604 on Friday nights throughout the winter, with live music and skating on the oval, as well as the city’s annual winter carnival in February.
Riverview’s Winter Carnival takes place at the start of February with lots of great events centered around Winter Wonderland Park.
The Greater Saint John area celebrates Fundy Winterfest throughout the season, with activities from late January through early March.
Heading out to these events – or taking part in other fun, family activities and events this winter? We’d love to see what you’re up to and discover more ways to enjoy New Brunswick in the winter. Share your adventures with us on Instagram using #pickleplanetwinter and we’ll celebrate all the fabulous ways families are connecting with each other and their communities this winter!