Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, Free Rides from Kingston Transit

Published on: 2016/11/15 - in Featured News

Santa Claus is coming to Kingston for the 13th annual Nighttime Santa Parade on Saturday, November 19th.

The parade begins at 5 pm by Innovation Park, at Bath Road & Princess Street, and travels down Princess to Ontario Street.

Spectators are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or donations for the Food Bank as well as letters to Santa.

Following the parade and beginning at 7:15 pm, Santa Claus will be at the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Springer Market Square.

Kingston Transit and Downtown Kingston! Business Improvement Area are making Kingston Transit buses free on any route (local and express) all day long on the 19th.

Along with the free rides, Kingston Transit will provide additional buses to their standard Saturday schedule, enabling 15-minute service on all express routes from 3 pm to 8:30 pm. This special event express schedule will be available to consult at

“The extra service we’re offering this Saturday is the perfect excuse for people to try one of our Park and Ride locations. Riders can hop on a bus from one of these locations and get exactly where they want to go using public transit,” said Jeremy DaCosta, manager, Kingston Transit. “The 501 Express from the Kingston Gospel Centre to the Kingston Centre Transfer Point, close to where the Parade starts, is just an eight-minute ride. And you won’t have to find parking.”

Kingston Transit offers free parking at five Park and Ride locations throughout the city:

Centre 70 at Front and Days roads, the INVISTA Centre at 1350 Gardiners Rd., Kingston Gospel Temple at 2295 Princess St., Montreal Street at Highway 401, and Innovation Drive east of Hwy. 15.

Bus stops are within a short walking distance of each of these locations.

Anyone wanting to ride Kingston Transit to attend the parade and tree lighting ceremony can plan their bus trip with Google Transit at

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