Santa Claus is coming to town!


The annual Kemptville Rotary Santa Claus parade is returning to the streets of Kemptville this weekend, sure to be a fun-filled event that will bring about smiles from the whole family!

This year’s parade will be themed “Create Hope in the World”, which mirrors the Rotary International theme for the 2023-2024 season.

“Join us for a festive celebration that warms hearts and spreads goodwill,” the Rotary Club said in its promotional statement for the event which will be held Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 4:30 pm. 

Come prepared to give! 

There will be many opportunities to give back to the community throughout the parade event, ensuring that parade-goers have plenty of chances to live up to the theme of “Creating Hope in the World”, particularly for those in need. 

The Rotary Club float is collecting non-perishable food donations along the route. The Royal Lepage Realty float is collecting new, unwrapped children’s toys along the route to donate to those in need. You can also drop off toys at the Royal Lepage office during the parade or any time after the parade until December 20th. 

The North Grenville Fire Service will be passing the boot for cash donations to the Salvation Army Food Bank.

As always, volunteers are needed to help make the parade a success. Barricades must be supervised by volunteers (18+) at every intersection along the parade route. Please fill in the Parade Volunteer Form (available at the link at the end of this article) to sign up as a volunteer. Student volunteers are welcome if they are accompanied by an adult volunteer. 

The 2023 Kemptville Rotary Santa Claus Parade is brought to you by the Rotary Club of Kemptville in partnership with the Municipality of North Grenville.

Parade Route:  Beginning at VanBuren & Bridge St. (405 VanBuren, old truck centre), then west on VanBuren, turning north/right on Prescott Street, then turning east/right on Clothier St. then turning north/left on Sanders St. Dispersing at 200 Sanders St. – B&H parking lot. See a map of the route in the November 9 edition of the Times. 

For more information, visit the Municipality of North Grenville website at


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