Santa Claus is coming to town. The 109th Annual Toronto Santa Claus Parade is this Sunday, November 17th and technology has made attending this must see event even easier. Don’t forget to bring your trusted iDevice to help navigate and capture the festive day. Be sure to download these essential iOS apps before you head out Sunday. HOHOHO!!
Get into the festive spirit by using your iPhone and the SantaParade app to ring those jingle bells. Shake your iPhone and listen to bells ring. The app also tracks Santa’s location on the parade route, so you can tell the kids exactly how far off the big guy is. Universal, Free
Be sure to capture all the happy smiling faces with your iPhone camera. Take photos or videos and instantly share via iMessage, Facebook, Instagram or AirDrop for iOS. Create a shared stream with family and friends so they can see photos, videos and even post comments. It’s super easy to do and Grandma will love being able to experience the day as it happens. It’s almost as good as being there.
Create a photo book or order your favourite photo to print (in poster or panorama size) directly from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with the iPhoto for iOS app. You can also perform photo enhancements like adjusting colour and exposure and apply photo effects. Create a slideshow to show family complete with pause, fast-forward touch gestures. Universal, $4.99
Don’t have a Santa hat or red nose? SantaSnaps can quickly and easily fix that as you add red noses, red hats, dancing elves or mistletoe, to create the perfect holiday photo. Free, Universal
Many people meet up with friends and family at the parade. But with thousands of people, it will be difficult to find each other. Even calling one another may be hard with the noise level making it difficult to hear. But the Find My Friends app can help you easily find each other from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You can even share your location with the group for a limited time. Universal, Free
Whether you’re walking or driving, the Maps app will help you navigate around the streets of downtown Toronto with spoken turn-by-turn directions, interactive 3D views and the cool Flyover feature to get you to the parade on time.
If you decide to leave your car at home and take public transit, be sure to download the TTC app which will give you up-to-date arrival times based on the GPS location of TTC streetcars and buses, including push notifications to service interruptions or route adjustments. Universal, Free
Share your Santa Claus parade moments on Instagram and show people all around the world that Santa has arrived in Toronto! Free, Universal
Find the closest Starbucks near you with the official Starbucks app and warm up with a hot beverage and best of all, pay directly from your phone. How super cool is that? One of my favourite apps. Free, Universal
If you prefer Tim Horton’s cup of java, the Timmy Time app will find the closest location to you. Free, Universal
If you brave driving downtown, then you’ll definitely need the Green P app to find the closest parking lot to the parade route. A life savour, especially with small children. Free, Universal
Be in the know as to what Mother Nature has in store on parade day and dress accordingly with The Weather Network app. Free, Universal
Check in on breaking news and weather updates with the CP24 app. Free, Universal