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This street full of Santas is the most festive block in Toronto

There are plenty of festive streets in Toronto decked out with Christmas lights and holiday displays, but there's one in particular that stands out above the rest: Inglewood Dr., or as it's known at this time of the year, Kringlewood.

It all started in 2013 when Amy Westin put up a 14 foot inflatable Santa on her lawn, which inspired her neighbour to follow suit. It was mostly a joke, but somehow the ostentatious lawn ornament caught on with the rest of the street and a host of other home owners tried to get their hands on the giant Santas.

In fact, they purchased so many that Canadian Tire ran out of stock. Some deft PR on the part of the company resulted not just in the replinishment of the stock, but a delivery of 23 more Santas to the street. A few days later a holiday street party was held and donations were collected for the food bank. With that, the tradition was born.

It's only gotten bigger each year, as the Santas now number over 50. There's even a friendly competition with nearby street Rose Park Dr., where neighbours have erected a series of giant snowmen. It's anything but a fierce battle, as everyone participating is looking to make the neighbourhood a destination for holiday cheer.

If you're looking to take in the spectacle, head to Inglewood Dr. and Mt. Pleasant Rd. On a windy night, the parade of St. Nicks can look almost creepy as they sway back and forth, but when there's snow falling, it's a delightully festive sight.

Santa awaits you.

Lead photo by

Aaron Navarro


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