Toronto Star-ry Santas

December 23, 2015 | Katherine

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Santa around the corner 1987
Psst! Christmas is just around the corner. Michael Stuparyk, 1987.


It's the time of year when the many versions of Santa Claus (or Père Noël, or St. Nicholas, or Sinterklaas) show up in Toronto malls, streets, community centres and houses. His reach may be global, but here are some specifically Toronto views courtesy of the Toronto Star Photographic Archive, now available at the Toronto Reference Library.



Sinterklass at Nathan Philips Square, 1974

Sinterklaas at Nathan Philips Square 1974
Sinterklaas, the Dutch Santa Claus. Dick Loek, 1974.

Toronto Santas have their Reindeer, but have always used alternate transport too--

Santa and his reindeer 1986
The command On Dasher. Andrew Stawicki, 1986.



Santa biking 1977
On Dasher, on Dancer, on...what. Colin McConnell, 1977.
Santa, motorcyle and the Streetcar 1984
Could Santa be looking for winter? Boris Spremo, 1984.
Four subway Santas 1992
Four Santas head home. Peter Power, 1992.
Santa and the bus 1993
Santa perches in front of Ajax Transit. Paul Irish, 1993.

Of course, Santa and kids are the main thing--serious, happy, unhappy or too cute for words:

Jamaican Canadian Association Christmas Party 1995
Jamaican Canadian Association. Ron Bull, 1995.
Santa and happy girl 1964
Applicants few for Santa job. Harold Barkley, 1964.
Santa and crying family 1991
Tom Crew; 82; who has played Santa Claus, Boris Spremo, 1991.


Santa and cute baby 1987
Claus has no effect. Colin McConnell, 1987


It's a tough job, but Santa can do it--


Santa relaxing on a park bench 1988
Santa's warming up. Colin McConnell, 1988.


Santa tired and barefoot 1974
Well; it's all over. Graham Bezant, 1974.


Santa soaking his tired feet 1996
Anniversaries-Christmas-Santa Claus. Boris Spremo, 1996.


Merry Christmas to all!

Santa waving 1962
Santa waves to cheering children. Barry Philp, 1962.


The Toronto Star Photograph Archive is a collection of over one million photos chronicling the twentieth century. It was donated to the Toronto Public Library in 2014, and is available to all in the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre on the 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library.

You can see many Toronto Star images online through our Digital Archive.

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