Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus ride the subway, December 11

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus are riding the subway, visiting various stations tomorrow, Tuesday, December 11.

You can see Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at Bloor-Yonge station at 11 a.m. Santa will hand out candy canes, wishing TTC passengers and employees a very Merry Christmas and a safe and joyous holiday season. Santa and Mrs. Claus will then make their way to several downtown subway stations, spreading holiday cheer.

This is an annual Christmas season event at the TTC. This year, the TTC’s chief customer service officer Chris Upfold dons the red suit and whiskers to portray Santa. The chair of the Toronto Transit Commission, Councillor Karen Stintz performs the role of Mrs. Claus.

From 1955 until 1960, the TTC had another way to spread holiday cheer by hand-painting some of its operating bus fleet in seasonal colours. You can learn more about this regular late-1950s program to wish passengers the best of the season in the Transit Toronto archives.

  • Read: “The TTC’s Christmas-Painted Buses” by Pete Coulman and James Bow, here.