Santa arrives in St. Catharines today.

Santa Claus

The Santa Claus parade will start a little later than usual this year.

The parade kicks off  at 4:45 p.m.  in front of Meridian Centre.  It begins on McGuire Street behind the Meridian Centre, travels along McGuire Street, left on Carlisle Street, travels along Carlisle Street, left on St. Paul Street, travels down St. Paul Street, left on James Street, travels along James Street, left on Church Street, ends at City Hall.

About 55 entries are expected to participate in today's parade.

After the parade, it's the annual lighting of the  Hotel Dieu Shaver Foundation's Christmas tree at city hall.

You're asked to bring  a non-perishable food item, hats or mittens for Community Care St. Catharines and Thorold.

Canada Post will be collecting letters for Santa along the parade route.