Santa Spotting in Downtown Toronto

SODAInstead of our regular Fashion Friday series I thought we’d share some Santa spotting options for us downtown Toronto dwellers. We’re in full holiday prep mode and while Little Monkey is counting down to December 1st to open her Kinder Egg advent calendar, I’m counting down to our Christmas tree going up. Last night Baby Boy and I swung by a hotel lobby and I couldn’t help but take a few pictures…see below!




If you’re looking to find Santa downtown this year, here’s some good bets!


santa in toronto

 Children’s Place Grey Vest

 Children’s Place White Shirt

 Joe Fresh Jeans

 Osh Kosh B’gosh Boots

Chelsea hotel: This lobby is my favourite spot to take holiday pictures at. It’s well decorated and as you can see Baby Boy had the place all to himself when we visited one afternoon. Santa is here every Friday (3 to 7 p.m.), Saturday (3 to 7 p.m.) and Sunday ( 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) from December 4th to 20th. They do request a donation which will benefit the SickKids Foundation.


Santa claus in downtown toronto

Loblaws  Maple Leaf Gardens: Yes folks you can spot the big man while you do your groceries! The Loblaws Maple Leaf Gardens store will have a life-sized Holiday Gingerbread Village every weekend from November 28 until December 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on December 22 and 23 from 10 6 p.m.. Cookie decorating and a photo with Santa is all yours with a $5 donation to the President’s Choice Children’s Charity.


chelsea hotel toronto

Christmas Market : A visit to the Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District is free during the week days ( closed on Mondays) and will cost you $5 on Saturdays and Sundays, however a visit to Santa’s house is free no matter when you pop by! Santa’s hours are Tuesdays to Thursdays 2:00-7:30 p.m., Fridays 2:00 to 7:30 p.m., Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Expect a bit of a line up during the peak hours but there’s plenty to see while you wait. You have until December 20th to get here!



Eaton Centre : Visit Santa’s Log Cabin at the Trinity Square and have him read the kids a book before taking photos. He’s there from November 26 until  December 24 between 9:00 am and 5:30 pm. The $10 charge is donated to one of three charities. Be sure to book a spot to avoid line ups and if you’re hesitant about making a commitment, there’s drop in community days on Fridays.





Do you know of any others in the downtown Toronto area? Let me know and I’ll add them in here!


  • Stephanie LaPlante
    November 27, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Those pictures are adorable!

    • Yashy
      November 28, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      Thank you Stephanie

  • jenny
    November 27, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Great list! I love seeing all the different beautiful set ups! I can’t wait.

    • Yashy
      November 28, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      Thank you.

  • JaimeeM
    November 27, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    you must have SO much fun santa spotting in toronto. I thought I had fun in windsor.

    • Yashy
      November 28, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      I must head back to Windsor soon Jaimee. Last I was there was for work and I only spent time at the Hiram Walker Distillery.

  • kristen visser
    November 27, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    omg i love that picture where he is staring straight up at the tree! so cute

    • Yashy
      November 28, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      My favourite one as well!

  • Judy Cowan
    November 28, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Some great pictures! Countdown is on to the big day here but still lots to do!

  • Nate
    November 28, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    very nice pictures

  • Rebecca H
    November 28, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks for the list. Didn’t know about Loblaws! Awesome!

    • Yashy
      November 29, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Swing by tomorrow and check out the blog for some pictures!! We popped by this weekend!

  • AD
    November 29, 2015 at 4:58 am

    Experiencing Christmas through the eyes of child is so different and wonderful; especially seeing their joy and excitement at the bright lights, decorations and spotting Santa! Wish my city and downtown were this vibrant.

  • Debbie S.
    November 30, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I don’t live in the area, but what a great program to donate to the Sick Kids. That is a beautiful tree.

  • Diana Powell
    December 2, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Cute pictures ! I’m heading to the Christmas Market for Santa pictures .

    • Yashy
      December 2, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      yes we’ve done that each year as well.. trying to figure out when we can get there!

  • Eldon
    December 6, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    So adorable! I haven’t gone to any of the downtown ones yet!

  • mrdisco
    December 12, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Santa spotting is always fun

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