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  • Metro Santa Claus Parade Button
  • Eaton Company Christmas Shopping Bag
  • Plush Toy Punkinhead Doll
  • Eaton's Box

Santa Comes To Town:

Pictures, Parades and Window Displays

This exhibit looks at the history of Santa in Toronto. It could go from the first Santa Claus Parade ever mounted by Eaton’s, to the dressing of Christmas-themed windows in department stores, to the ritual of taking photos with jolly St. Nick. In a secular consumerist society, is Santa a symbol that transcends our cultural differences?

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