• Sat. November 24th
  • 5 pm
  • Heydenshore Pavilion
Dear Santa is ...

If you’re wondering what exactly Dear Santa is, think scavenger hunt, meets holiday party, meets awesome charity event, and you'll have yourself the Dear Santa, Holiday Hunt & Charity Evening! We'll be sending you and your team across town to participate in whacky activities while helping fill Santa's sack for families in need.

After the scavenger hunt there will be prizes, great food, drinks, music and dancing - all in the name of a good cause! All proceeds are in support of the families who write their “Dear Santa” wish lists to us through the Rose of Durham and Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre here in Durham.

Our Purpose


Dear Santa will bring a Christmas to remember to MANY more families this Holiday Season!

The older we get, the easier it is to stop believing in Santa. Dear Santa Durham is gathering 'proof' to put that belief and joy back in all of our hearts. In 2013, Dear Santa found enough 'holiday magic' to put a pile of much needed gifts under the trees of just 4 families in Durham Region. With the overwhelming support of our business community & friends like you, take a look at how far we’ve come! So many families have woken up to this special holiday magic underneath their trees since Dear Santa began.

Questioning your belief in Santa? Here’s a little proof:

$92,215
Christmas Giving:
Total funds raised to support families
Up to December, 2017
110
Families Helped:
Total families visited by Santa
Up to December, 2017
40
Santa’s Helpers:
Number of businesses helping
Up to December, 2017

Purchase Your Tickets


$75.00 per person
You can enter as a single, couple or a foursome and should probably do so NOW as space is limited and always sells out. All proceeds in support of families sponsored through Rose of Durham and Hearth Place.

Purchasing Options:

  • Email money transfer to dearsantadurham@gmail.com (Password: Dearsanta)
  • Send cheque to 36 Croxall Blvd., Whitby, ON L1M2E4
  • Drop cash or cheque off to Niecy Dillon at Royal LePage Frank Real Estate at 200 Dundas Street East, Whitby, ON L1N 2H8
  • Call Niecy Dillon at (905) 259-5358

This Year’s Itinerary


5:00pm
Guests arrive at Heydenshore Pavilion
The Bar isn’t open yet, but we’ll show you to your table... Mingle with friends, get cozy with a cup of soup, enjoy some light music and the festive atmosphere!
5:45pm
Official ‘Welcome’
Your hosts will take to the mic for some quick introductions & acknowledgements before handing over “The List” for you to check twice. Be ready, Santa’s tour through town is about to begin!
6:00pm
Scavenger Hunt begins
Once the Jingle Bells ring, it’s up to you and your team! It’s not a race, so drive safely. Your strategy to earn the highest points and willingness to spread Christmas spirit during the evening is what could win you the prize!
8:00pm
Dinner is Served / Hunt complete / Teams return / Cash Bar is open
A delicious buffet style meal will be hot and ready for you when you return. Dinner is served at 8pm! Once again, enjoy the atmosphere, holiday music & sharing the stories and antics of your 2-hour journey with others over dinner!
8:30pm +
Entertainment, Prizes, Party
Stay tuned for a few great prizes for the winning teams.  Followed by a great party with fun music and holiday cheer for the rest of the night!
The Bar isn’t open yet, but we’ll show you to your table.. Mingle with friends, enjoy some light music and the festive atmosphere!
Your hosts will take to the mic for some quick introductions & acknowledgements before handing over “The List” for you to check twice. Be ready, Santa’s tour through town is about to begin!
Once the Jingle Bells ring, it’s up to you and your team! It’s not a race, so drive safely. Your strategy to earn the highest points and willingness to spread Christmas spirit during the evening is what could win you the prize!
A delicious buffet style meal will be hot and ready for you when you return. Dinner is served at 8pm! Once again, enjoy the atmosphere, holiday music & sharing the stories and antics of your 2-hour journey with others over dinner!
Stay tuned for a few great prizes for the winning teams.  Followed by a great party with fun music and holiday cheer for the rest of the night!

Who Helped Out


This event would not be possible without a full community of individuals and business owners pulling together to make a difference. We can’t thank all of you enough and hope to see this list keep growing.

Santa's Helpers
The Elves
His Worship, Don Mitchell, Mayor of Whitby and his wife, Liz.
Shoppers
Want to get your business involved?
We’re always looking for new partnerships.
Let’s Chat

Frequently Asked Questions


We know, this is kind of a unique event. You probably have questions and we’ve got answers! Have a look below at some frequently asked questions.

Perhaps the more appropriate question is “WHO” is Dear Santa!.. It’s an opportunity for everyone, young and old, to not only believe in Santa again, but to BE Santa! Check your list twice, then travel the community with your team of 4 in a Scavenger Hunt filled with some fun antics, in search of the gifts we’ve “hidden” for families in need this holiday season. Bring back your treasures to ‘Santa’s work shop’ and enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment, music, prizes and true holiday spirit.
You are helping families from all over Durham Region. We’ve received ‘Letters to Santa’ letting us know the things they need, or that would give them some much needed Holiday Magic this year. Together, we’re playing ‘Santa’, and making that magic happen! These are families who have fallen upon incredibly hard times. Either financially, in poor health or in many cases, both.
Parking at Heydenshore Pavilion is located across the street and the building is wheelchair accessible.
Yes. If you have registered a team for the hunt, then your team will be placed together at the same table for the evening.
Dress comfortably. You’ll be in and out of the car for a couple of hours.
Absolutely! If you come as a pair, we’ll match you up with another pair. If you come as a foursome, then you’ll all be together for the hunt & at your table!
Sponsor… donor… buy tickets & participate…
See payment options by clicking here!
They will be emailed to you after purchasing.
The magic we’re making in many cases, is for the children... But the event itself is for the grown ups. We have to protect the mystery and magic of Santa!
Unfortunately not, we plan the menu and space around the amount of purchased tickets. Unfortunately we are unable to provide refunds.