The Toronto Parade Palace


There’s no shortage of incredible family activities, in the big cities, during the holiday season.  But, big or small, nearly every community gets excited for their annual holiday parade.  For our brood, the issue is always — where do we set up camp?

Unfortunately, with a toddler and an infant, arriving bright and early to reserve seats, and freeze, isn’t an option. So, over the years, we’ve resorted to climbing up lamp posts, standing on garbage cans and quite a few other peculiar positions.  None have been very successful for long-term viewing.

This year, we heard of a new initiative, out of Manulife Centre, which is located along the heart of the route — Bloor St.


Photo credit @jeffreytkchan Courtesy of @ManulifeCentre.

Not only can your family keep warm (shop and dine before and after the parade) but the festive centre also offered up free hot chocolate during the event.  It’s always heart-warming in and of itself when large corporations, landmarks or companies get behind family time.


Photo credit: @jeffreytkchan Courtesy of @ManulifeCentre.


Lets face it, parents will do pretty much anything to allow their children a glimpse of the man in red. The holidays are an exciting magical time for people of all ages and backgrounds.  So, here’s a big thank you to @Manulifecentre #Manulifecentre for supporting such a fun afternoon.



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