Santa Claus parade returns to downtown YK on November 20

Yellowknife’s Santa Claus parade will return to the city’s downtown next Saturday, November 20, following its traditional route – City Hall to 53 Street, Franklin Avenue, and 48 Street.

The parade’s theme this year is “Rock’n Roll Christmas.” The procession will start at 5pm. In a Friday news release, the City of Yellowknife put out a call for floats to take part.

“Community organizations, sports teams, businesses, and schools are invited to enter a float, vehicles, or walking group in the parade,” read a news release.


A spokesperson said five floats had been registered as of noon on November 12, just over a week away from a parade that usually involves around 25 floats. The deadline to register a float is November 17.

The city is also looking for volunteer parade marshals and ambassadors. To volunteer or enter a float, email

The city said the parade will follow the NWT chief public health officer’s health orders, cautioning the event “may change with little notice.”

Last year, the city attempted to hold a stationary parade for Covid-19 safety reasons. Residents were invited to drive by the parade from the safety of their own cars, but a backlog of traffic meant hundreds of cars weren’t able to make it to the parade by the 7pm cut-off.

Frigid temperatures below -20C meant participants on the floats were too cold to continue and needed to head home to warm up.


Temperatures for next week’s parade are looking a little milder. The long-term forecast predicts nights by the end of next week will see lows of -18C.